Ebola

Brianna & Harpreet

Recent History

The recent outbreak in West Africa regarding Ebola has left people in panic. With many dying and no cure, the nations are beginning to worry. As small, individual cases begin to pop up from other countries, such as Spain, and even the U.S, the great nations are determined to take a step to help prevent this deadly outbreak which has the power to affect the world.

Causes & Prevention

Causes are fever, abdominal pains, muscle pain, weakness

Preventions are avoiding contact with any nearby the Ebola facilities.

Procedures for hospital nurses are •Wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).

•Practice proper infection control and sterilization measures. For more information, see Information for Healthcare Workers and Settings.

•Isolate patients with Ebola from other patients.

•Avoid direct, unprotected contact with the bodies of people who have died from Ebola.

•Notify health officials if you have had direct contact with the blood or body fluids, such as but not limited to, feces, saliva, urine, vomit, and semen of a person who is sick with Ebola. The virus can enter the body through broken skin or unprotected mucous membranes in, for example, the eyes, nose, or mouth.

Recent Outbreak in Congo

On November 21, 2014, the WHO reported that 42 days had passed since the last case tested negative twice and was discharged from a hospital in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In August, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Ministry of Health notified the World Health Organization (WHO) of an outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Equateur Province. The index case was a pregnant woman from Ikanamongo Village who butchered a bush animal. She became ill with symptoms of EVD, reported to a private clinic in Isaka Village, and died on August 11, 2014. Local customs and rituals associated with death meant that several healthcare workers were exposed to Ebola virus. A total of 66 cases, including 38 laboratory confirmed cases, and a total of 49 deaths were reported.

Procedures for Dealing with Possible Ebola Suspect

-Standard precautions are always in use

-If suspected of being exposed, patient is isolated immediately

-Assess if the patient has travel to a region or area where Ebola is prominate within the last 21 days or if they have had contact with an Ebola patient

-Look for signs of symptoms

-If assessment indicates possible Ebola infection, isolate and take action, wearing proper safety equipment and following guidelines provided by the CDC

-Alert others, including public health authorities

Ebola : Inside the Deadly Outbreak (Documentary 2014)