A notoriously deadly virus that causes fearsome symptoms, the most prominent being high fever and massive internal bleeding. It is one of the viruses that is capable of causing hemorrhagic bloody fever.
I recently worked in Liberia, which has been affected by the Ebola crisis. Many people in Liberia know how to recognize Ebola symptoms and where to get help.
However, there is a lot of suspicion of the treatment centers. People are afraid of going to the treatment centers because the death rate there is high. In addition, by public decree, all people who die of Ebola in Liberia are to be cremated, since dead bodies are carriers of the virus.
People do not want them or their relatives to be cremated. They would wait until the last minute to come, hoping the symptoms they had were not Ebola. Because the virus is frequently deadly, there is justifiably a lot of fear. Another important factor is stigma.
People who have Ebola, or have contact with or are rumored to have, contact with someone who has Ebola are stigmatized.
So people do not want to admit they have the disease. They might not report contacts with people who were sick or died of the disease.
Stigma also affects our health care workers. Some are kicked out by their families or neighbors, who fear erroneously that they could bring the virus home with them.
This stigma has also affected American health care workers who have returned home from West Africa. There have been efforts to isolate us forcefully, although we are not contagious. These protocols include monitoring our temperature twice a day, checking for any symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhea, and reporting symptoms immediately to MSF.
MSF is in contact with properly equipped hospitals and, in cooperation with the local health authorities, will arrange for our immediate transport to a designated facility. In Liberia, I trained and supervised a staff of social workers and counselors who helped patients, their families, and the staff.
For the patients, we provided encouragement, activities such as dancing and artmaterials to make them more comfortable, liaison with their relatives, and bereavement counseling when needed.
There is no treatment for Ebola itself. If we could prevent depression and apathy, we could insure that patients would drink, eat, and take medicine and improve their chances. We also prepared patients for discharge.
We had many unaccompanied children for whom we had to trace relatives. Several children were orphaned. We were able to place all but two of them with relatives.
For the families, we provided information about their hospitalized relatives, information about the illness, disinfection kits to clean their houses if someone had been sick there, and bereavement counseling in case of death.July 30, expert reaction to Ebola virus outbreak.
Concern over the largest Ebola outbreak in history has increased, prompting Foreign Secretary Phillip Hammond to convene COBRA. Ebola Virus Reflection Can you believe how many ways that we can avoid getting Ebola?
Avoid contact with Ebola patients and their bodily fluid. Ebola is a virus that is carried by animals—the lead suspect in the current outbreak is a fruit bat. The virus is transmitted to humans through direct contact with an infected animal’s blood, secretions, organs, or other bodily fluids.
The consistently high mortality associated with Ebola virus disease reflects our lack of successful interventions with only supportive treatments being available. “However, there have been some advances in Ebola virus research.
We now fully understand the genetic makeup of the virus strains that have been associated with human infection. Ebola Virus: A notoriously deadly virus that causes fearsome symptoms, the most prominent being high fever and massive internal bleeding.
Ebola virus kills as many as 90% of the people it infects. It is one of the viruses that is capable of causing hemorrhagic (bloody) fever. Epidemics of Ebola. The Ebola virus, also know as Ebola hemorrhagic fever is a disease caused by viruses from four different families of viruses: 1)filoviruses, 2)arenavirus, 3)flavavirus, 4)bunyaviruses.
The usual host for most of these viruses are rodents or anthropoids (such as ticks and mosquitoes).