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Latest Ebola News: Ebola fear cancels sports meet in Kenya

Latest Ebola News: Ebola fear cancels sports meet in Kenya

Written by Editorial Team |Published : August 21, 2014 3:07 PM IST

ebolaThe International Netball Federation (INF) cancelled an international meeting in Nairobi owing to deadly Ebola virus attack that has visited parts of Africa, Xinhua reported Wednesday. Kenya Netball Federation Secretary Lilian Anupi said Wednesday the INF has revoked sending its instructors to Africa with the main reason being the scare that the deadly virus has elicited around the world. (Read: 10 reasons that make the Ebola virus deadly for humans)

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The meeting was scheduled to take place between Aug 25 and Sept 1. The course would have drawn over 100 participants from the east African countries of Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. Even though the disease has been mainly confined in the three West African countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the World Health Organisation has described Kenya as a high risk area owing to its capital city of Nairobi being a major air transit hub. So far, Kenya has shut its borders to citizens from the epicentre of the disease that has so far claimed over 1,000 lives. (Read: 5 reasons the ebola virus should never come to India)

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What is it?

The Ebola virus disease (EVD), formerly known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever is a severe condition caused by a virus from the Filoviridae family. Known to be a condition that is transmitted from animals to humans, this virus spreads through direct contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person or animal.

How is it transmitted? What are its causes?

According to scientists there are five different types of the virus, all of which have the potential to infect humans. According to the WHO (World Health Organisation) this disease can be transmitted from close contact with the blood, secretions, organs or other bodily fluids of infected animals. In humans the disease can be transmitted by the following methods:

  • Coming into contact with the blood, secretions, organs or other bodily fluids of an infected person.
  • Healthcare workers may contract the disease through transmission as well through contact with infected bodily fluids.
  • Handling the meat from infected animals.
  • Contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person who has passed away.

How can it be prevented?

According to Dr Ratan, 'There aren't any vaccinations available as of now, so basic hygiene is of importance and a must be followed in order to prevent the onset of the condition. Simple activities like washing your hands well, drinking water from a clean source, maintaining general hygiene and cooking your meat well, can all serve as precautionary measures. Apart from that people should avoid crowded places, or those that are known to have an outbreak. It is also important that if they notice any early symptoms, they should visit a doctor immediately.' Read more about Ebola virus causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, prognosis and prevention and

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With inputs from IANS

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