There is a fresh piece of bad news in town. The lethal Ebola virus is back as we are still, yet struggling to see off it’s twin killer, the Corona Virus. The ministry of health has since confirmed the blood-curdling tidings. The same ministry authorities now share how the latest strain of Ebola virus entered Uganda via Mubende. One person is reported to have been killed by the same already, as per the said authorities.
Now that you know that Ebola is with us, what you need to know next and, first of all, is how you can avoid falling prey to the plague. Fortunately, we have consulted multiple credible sources and established the basic preventive measures which you can apply and effectively escape being infected with the lethal virus. Kindly read on to find out those measures for yourself. One, you should avoid coming into contact with blood and body fluids such as urine, poop, saliva, sweat, tears, vomit and such others of the victims of Ebola.
Since breast milk of an infected mother is believably laced with the virus, the lactating mothers are strongly discouraged from breasting their babies. Once a man is exposed to the virus, say by having visited the locality where the same is prevalent, such a man is urged to be kind to his partner by using a condom in case he has chosen to go for those matters. If your partner tests positive to the virus, kindly don’t and, strictly so, be tempted to copulate with them.
Even when ,he or she, has finally healed, don’t immediately thereafter jump into bed with them. Ebola is medically known to last for between a week and two after the healing of the victim. It would be advisable for the patient to take further tests in order to be made absolutely sure by the medical personnel that, he or she, has no more residual virus in their body.
In addition to that, avoid coming into contact with the semen of a male partner carrying the virus. Such semen can actually end up infecting you with the fatal virus without necessarily having engaged in adult fun with the victim himself. Related to the above, one is strictly urged to steer clear of the items which could have come into contact with the patient plus the fluids or blood of the same. Such items would include injection needles, razor blades, beddings, clothings as well as medical equipments.
We should as well stay away from the funerals in respect of the Ebola victims. This would entail holding the body, beautifying the body and dressing the same and even burying them. Where possible and necessary, such dead bodies should be medically disposed of, and or, buried by the people equipped with the required expertise. Bats, forest antelopes, monkeys and chimpanzee not only carry the virus, but also spread the same. So, you are better off advised to stay away from them and their delicacies.
Generally speaking, avoid eating whatever kind of bush meat you have found on the menu, and, from wherever you have chanced upon the same being prepared as well as served. Except in extreme cases where you can’t avoid the same, avoid going to places exposed to the virus. In case you have found yourself absolutely unable to avoid going there for one reason or the other, then protect yourself while there as we have outlined above.
And also, when you have finally left the danger zone and returned home, make sure to take the necessary tests in order to establish your health state, and then, take remedial measures, if it so requires. Washing the hands comes in handy as well just as it is a necessary precautionary measure in regards to virtually every other ailment there is. Don’t forget to use the ordinary laundry soap or alcohol-based to not only guard against the Ebola virus, but also almost all other ailments.
Just don’t use your dirty and suspect hands and fingers to recklessly touch your sensitive members such as the eyes, the nose, the mouth, the ears and the face and even the rest of the skin. Covering your cuts and gaping wounds is another preventative measure to not only in regards to the Ebola Virus, but also to such terrible diseases as cancers and others. This one would be a job half-done, admittedly, were we to stop at giving to you the prevention measures without making you known the signs which would ordinarily trigger the understanding that you could be in trouble with the Ebola virus itself.
Let’s move fast to render the signs. The first one is fever. The others are pain, severe headache, general weakness, and fatigue. Don’t overlook other cases to do with sore throat, loss of appetite, abdominal pains, diarrhea, unexplained bleeding as well as tissue damage. Yet, the emergence of the symptoms above, plus others not mentioned here, wouldn’t necessarily mean the Ebola virus is the cause. This is why it would be absolutely important after detecting such symptoms, for one to seek the relevant advise from the people equipped with the required knowledge to professionally advise what could be really afoot. Have yourself a-disease-free wonderful time.
- Mr. Stephen Kasozi Muwambi is a seasoned crime investigative writer, majoring in judicial-based stories. His two decades’ experience as a senior investigative journalist has made him one of the best to reckon on in Uganda. He can also be reached via [email protected]
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