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Ebola

  1. 1. Ebola By Matthew Kley COMS 1010 Section 1002
  2. 2. Ebola Awareness • The Ebola virus has been a world- wide threat • Started in Liberia • This outbreak claims the lives of over 11,000 people • The total cost of Ebola could cost roughly $1.62 Billion
  3. 3. Who is at Risk? • Healthcare workers • Family members or others in close contact with infected people • Mourners who have direct contact with bodies during burial rituals
  4. 4. How is it Spreading? • Religion practices in Liberia • Close physical contact during rituals • Ritual preparation of bodies for burial involves washing, touching and kissing • Infected bats, antelopes, porcupines, and monkeys known as “bushmeat” are consumed • Through sexual contact
  5. 5. About The Virus • Incubation period - few days to a few weeks • People are not contagious until they develop symptoms • Can be difficult to first diagnose • Ebola can be spread by blood or body fluids • Cannot be spread through the air, water, food, or mosquitoes.
  6. 6. About The Virus • Symptoms include: fever, muscle pain, weakness, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, internal and external bleeding • Leads to: extreme dehydration, internal or external hemorrhaging, organ failure, and eventually death • No vaccines available • The researchers at CDC are working on a vaccine • Best preventive measures are knowledge of the virus
  7. 7. What is the Treatment? • Supportive care • Fluid replacement therapy • Kidney dialysis, blood transfusions, plasma replacement therapy • There a no specific drug proven effective against the Ebola • Research is ongoing with the use of plasma and blood infusions
  8. 8. Proper Handling • Standard precautions are recommended by the CDC • Healthcare professionals must wear: a surgical cap, goggles, respirator, scrubs, overalls, apron, double gloves, and boots • Healthcare workers should always wash their hands regularly • A more detailed list and education is available on the CDC
  9. 9. What To Take Away • Ebola has proven itself to be a fatal virus • Changing current ritual traditions may not be possible • Ongoing research on treatments and vaccines • Creating awareness can decrease the fatality rate

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