First Published Sep 23, 2022, 2:57 PM IST
Ebola cases are on the rise in the East African country of Uganda. CNN also reports that there has been one more death due to Ebola. The report also states that a one-year-old child died of Ebola. Eleven new cases have been reported. A 24-year-old man who tested positive for the Ebola virus died on Monday, according to the report.
The World Health Organization also announced that the rare Sudan virus has been confirmed. A 2000 Ebola outbreak in Uganda killed more than 200 people
What is Ebola?
Ebola is a viral disease. Ebola disease was first seen in 1976 in Sudan and Congo. It is a disease that is transmitted from animals to humans. Once the Ebola virus enters the body, symptoms begin to appear within two days to three weeks.
Ebola is mainly spread through the body fluids of an infected person. The disease can also spread from person to person through direct contact with the blood of an infected person. The Ebola virus is transmitted to humans through animals. Ebola virus can be present in all body fluids of infected chimpanzees, monkeys, gorillas, pigs, and bats. The germs can also be transmitted through contact with their blood, urine and feces. The virus can enter the human body through wounds, mouth and skin.
The main symptoms are fever, sore throat and headache. Sometimes vomiting and skin rashes may also occur. In relatively healthy people, the condition resolves on its own within a few days. But in some, severe bleeding occurs. These appear within five to seven days of illness. In such cases, death may occur gradually due to failure of organs like liver and kidney.
What are the precautions?
Prevention is the most effective thing that can be done. Since it is an animal-borne disease, eating only properly cooked meat will eliminate the risk of the disease. The disease can be transmitted through the blood, excrement or other secretions of the infected or those who have died due to the disease. So take precautionary measures while dealing with such things.
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Last Updated Sep 23, 2022, 3:02 PM IST