Ebola in Sierra Leone: Norwegian doctor with Ebola cured and discharged

A Norwegian doctor, who was infected with the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone, has been discharged from hospital after recovery from the deadly disease, doctors at Oslo's Ulleval hospital said. After two weeks of medical treatment, doctors at the hospital's infectious diseases department concluded that the patient, Silje Michalsen, has recovered, Xinhua reported Monday.

'I am healthy and not contagious and I do not feel as if I have had Ebola,' said Michalsen at a press conference at the hospital. Michalsen, a doctor from the the Harstad hospital in north Norway, had been working for Doctors Without Borders in Sierra Leone for months when she developed a fever Oct 2 and tested Ebola positive the next day. (Read: Ebola facts frequently asked questions (FAQ))

The 30-year-old said that she was happy with her fast evacuation Oct 6 from Sierra Leone to Norway for treatment. The two local colleagues of Michalsen, who were also tested Ebola positive at the same time, have already died while a third one is under treatment. Michalsen said that she wanted to go back to work for Ebola patients in Sierra Leone as soon as possible. (Read: 10 reasons that make the Ebola virus deadly for humans)

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She arrived in Sierra Leone July 2, 2014, one day before the first Ebola infection was detected in the country. In the Sierra Leone city known as Bo, Michalsen participated in the development of an Ebola patient center, which was opened Sep 19. Doctors at the Ulleval Hospital said that Michalsen was treated with an experimental medicine for Ebola not yet available on the open market. However, they refused to disclose what it is. (Read: Ebola Facts: Top 7 myths busted)

Here are some expert tips that can help you prevent the disease.

Educate yourself about Ebola: Knowing the symptoms, modes of transmission and preventive measures is the first step to prevent the spread of the disease. This information is especially important for those who are travelling to and from affected areas in West Africa.

Maintain sanitary conditions: Basic hygiene plays a very important role in preventing Ebola. The exact way by which the virus enters the body is still debatable but skin and eyes are suggested routes for viral entry. However, food and water may also serve as source of entry. So, simple acts like washing hands before eating and disinfecting surfaces and covering the mouth can help prevent the spread of the virus, especially in areas surrounding the areas of outbreak.

Avoid contact with blood and body fluids: Ebola virus spreads through all body fluids including blood, semen, saliva, sweat, urine, fecal matter and vomit of infected individuals. Healthcare workers and medical staff who are more likely to come in contact with infected body fluids, infected needles and first aid, should handle them with protective gear. (Read more about 8 tips to prevent Ebola infection)

With inputs from IANS

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