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Ebola in India: Ebola suspect in Maharashtra being treated in an isolated ward

ebola-virusLalit Kumar, the suspect of Ebola virus infection who landed form Lagos, Nigeria is currently being treated for symptoms in a government hospital in an isolated ward. This resident of Vasai was suffering from vomiting soon after returning from Nigeria.

Maharashtra Health Minister Suresh Shetty confirmed that he is being treated for the symptoms and his samples have been sent for testing to the National Institute of Virology in Pune.

However, Shetty also emphasised that there is no need to panic as Ebola infection can spread only through close contact with infected individuals.

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Ebola virus travel tips--Precautions you should take

According to Dr Ratan Kumar Vaish, senior consultant, department of medicine, Rockland Group of Hospitals, Delhi-NCR people with low immunity and those suffering from diabetes, kidney disease, HIV infection and malnutrition should be extra cautious about their decision to travel to Ebola prevalent areas. He recommends some preventive measures for people who cannot avoid traveling.

  • If you're taking medication for any infectious diseases and if you're currently suffering from viral flu, you should avoid traveling before complete recovery. When you're suffering from an infection, your immunity weakens. This could be a good opportunity for the virus to attack you.
  • Older people, young peers and pregnant women should not travel at all. They have a high risk of acquiring infection.
  • Those who are traveling should be extra careful about their diet. Eat a balanced diet. Avoid junk food and under-cooked food, especially meat.
  • Avoid visiting areas that are too crowded and dense in population.
  • Following personal hygiene is must. Wash hands under running water for about one minute.
  • Those who have returned from their trip to places where Ebola is prevalent should also be equally careful. Although there are no cases in India yet, you need to be alert about the signs. If symptoms like fever, body ache, sore throat set in within a few days after traveling, seek medical opinion from a qualified doctor only. Do not take any of these symptoms lightly.

For more tips, also read: Ebola Virus Travel Tips Precautions you should take

With inputs from PTI

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