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Ebola Prevention Information

Published: 10-03-14

The spread of Ebola needs to be combated in order to safeguard the health and safety of millions of people. Although the virus can be deadly, by following known procedures Ebola can be more easily destroyed than many other foes to peace and security. The information below is provided by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN).

What you need to know:

The risk of Ebola transmission is low. Becoming infected requires direct, physical contact with the bodily fluids (vomit, feces, urine, blood, semen, etc.) of people who have been infected with or died from Ebola virus disease (EVD).

 To protect yourself, your family, and your community from EVD transmission, immediately report to the nearest health facility if you develop symptoms indicative of EVD, including high fever, body aches, joint pain, vomiting, diarrhea, or hemorrhaging. Isolation and professional clinical treatment increase a person’s chance of survival.

 “Community engagement is key to successfully controlling outbreaks. Good outbreak control relies on applying a package of interventions, namely case management, surveillance and contact tracing, a good laboratory service, safe burials and social mobilisation.” http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs103/en/

 You can learn more about how to stop the spread of Ebola. Start by reading the answers to the Frequently asked questions on Ebola virus disease from the WHO.

 More information for you: http://www.sjcatholichospital.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/ebola_prevention.pdf