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Is the ebola outbreak far worse than we imagined?

WHO-logoThe WHO said that the Ebola outbreak appears to be vastly underestimated as the death toll reaches 1,069. It said that its staff had seen evidence that suggests that the number of reported cases and deaths don't reflect the true gravity of the situation. It added that extraordinary measures were needed. The outbreak in Guinea has since spread to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria.

What is ebola virus?

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.

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Here are some preventive measures for people who cannot avoid travelling.

  • If you're taking medication for any infectious diseases and if you're currently suffering from viral flu, you should avoid travelling 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 travelling should be extra careful about their diet. Eat a balanced diet. Avoid junk food and under-cooked food, especially meat.

Following precautionary measures for travellers.

  • In any case, avoid handling items that you suspect have been contaminated, especially blood or body fluids.
  • Avoid contact with other people and avoid visiting hospitals where treatment for Ebola is being given. Read more about Ebola Virus Travel Tips Precautions you should take

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