As the number of deaths and cases caused by Ebola rapidly rises, lots of myths and misleading information are circulating across continents, sowing panic and alarm.
To enlighten this young society’s mind and ease the situation as well, here are myths and facts you need to know about one of the world’s deadliest diseases:
Ebola can cause an acute serious illness, which is often fatal if untreated.
According to the Department of Health (DOH), the symptoms are:
– Fever, headache, weakness and joint pains
– Vomiting and diarrhea
– Body rashes and bruises
– Bleeding of the nose, eyes and ears, and also blood in bodily fluids such as vomit and feces
– Liver and kidney failure
The World Health Organization (WHO) says that the first outbreaks occurred in remote villages in Central Africa near tropical rainforests. The most recent outbreaks in West Africa, however, have involved major urban, as well as rural, areas.
Where did the virus come from? According to the WHO, Pteropodidae fruit bats are the natural hosts of Ebola. It is then introduced into the human population with the blood, secretions, organs or other body fluids of infected animals, such as chimpanzees, gorillas and monkeys.
Africa isn’t the only part of the world where the fatal outbreaks are taking place. The good news is that the Philippines is still Ebola-free, but the question is: are we prepared enough just in case an outbreak does occur?
The DOH cooperates with other branches of the government, and is acting at its best by already conducting preventive measures. These include maximum security in monitoring passengers coming from other countries, and requiring all of them to pass their health information checklists.
Christmas season is fast approaching and lots of overseas Filipino workers are expected to come home for vacation.
Just because our country is still Ebola-free, it doesn’t mean we have any excuses to say that there really is nothing to prepare for, especially now that we all know that Ebola can be transmitted from human to human.
We Filipino youth should know about all of these not only because we comprise most of our country’s population, but also we are the ones who often spend time online. We can help by responsibly posting and sharing only confirmed facts, scientifically proven information, and credible updates regarding Ebola.
Always remember these four tips from the DOH regarding Ebola:
– There are currently no approved vaccines.
– Do not touch an infected patient without wearing gloves or other recommended protective gear.
– Always practice washing both hands with antibacterial soap and clean water.
– Avoid touching any parts of your face with dirty or unwashed hands/fingers.
With courage in these simple efforts, we can help raise awareness, enlighten minds, and take steps in saving not only ourselves but many other people as well.
Article and infographics by Patrisha Torres and Joshua Principio from the MP-KNN Manila Bureau