The latest problem in Nigeria is the Ebola Virus, and trust Nigerians to panic. On the 20th of July, Patrick Sawyer arrived Lagos from Liberia. Unfortunately, he was a carrier of the Ebola Virus and since the virus is highly contagious, it has begun to spread with 10 confirmed cases in Lagos as of Monday Aug 11, 2014.
This post is not to scare you, but to enlighten you on precautions and measures that should be taken towards protection. I recently heard that people were taking baths with salt and hot water as preventive measures, and that they were also drinking boiled salt water. Fellow Nigerians, that is IGNORANCE. Moving along….
Ebola virus is a very dangerous virus, from the RNA virus group. It is deadly, contagious and has no known cure or vaccine. Although rumor has it that The United States of America currently has a serum that can work against Ebola, it still hasn’t been tested and proven safe on humans. In order to catch Ebola, you have to come in contact with bodily fluids — such as sweat, saliva, vomit, or diarrhea — of someone who already has Ebola and is exhibiting symptoms. Symptoms include, Fever, Headache, Diarrhea, Vomiting, Stomach Pain, Weakness, Lack of Appetite, Joint and Muscle Ache, etc.
Now that we know the symptoms, how do we protect ourselves?
1. Get a very good hand sanitizer and also wash your hand with soap as frequently as possible
2. Avoid Bushmeat, Suya, etc, as Ebola is zoonotic
3. Fumigate your environment against rodents and disinfect your surroundings
4. Don’t touch dead organisms, corpses of humans and animals
Educate people and don’t spread fear. Ebola will not kill anyone of us if we take the appropriate steps. For more information, check out ebolafacts.com. There’s also a VICE documentary on Ebola; click here to watch it.