Miguel Parajes, 75 (bottom right) was repatriated on a military plane to Madrid from Liberia and carried by a convoy of medics in protective suits into the city’s Carlos III hospital (top right) after he tested positive for the virus. His condition reportedly deteriorated overnight, when he was flown in an isolation chamber from Monrovia, Liberia, on a military plane, and he is now said to be unable to walk unaided. It comes as more distressing photos showed a man collapsed in a Guinea street surrounded by police (left), who fearing he had the deadly virus, did not touch or move him for hours.
The most disturbing fact about this image is the man on the ground. Plus family members of infected patients are said to be dropping their sick relatives on the streets for fear of being quarantined. Too sad!
I recently came back from West Africa, my employer suggested that I stayed home for an additional two weeks with pay. They are frazzled that I might have Ebola. I mean I respect that they want other employees to be safe, however there are too many myths than facts about the Ebola virus.It is not a airbone disease. One has to exchange fluids with the infected person to actually get infected but let’s see some facts below;
Ebola first appeared in 1976 in two simultaneous outbreaks in Sudan and near the Ebola River in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which gave the disease its name.
There are several strains which vary in how dangerous they are to humans, but death rates have reached as high as 90 per cent of those infected.
In the current outbreak that is just over 50 per cent.
It is introduced into humans through direct contact with the blood, organs or other bodily fluids of infected animals including fruit bats, which are eaten as a delicacy.
Other species thought to have passed on the virus have included chimpanzees, gorillas, monkeys, forest antelope and porcupines found ill or dead or in the rainforest.
The virus then spreads between humans through direct contact with blood, organs or other bodily fluids of infected people.
The World Health Organisation says ritual burials of Ebola victims have had a hand in spreading the disease, while men who have recovered from the disease can still transmit the virus through their semen for up to seven weeks.
Symptoms include fever, intense weakness, muscle pain, headache and sore throat followed by vomiting, diarrhoea, rash, impaired kidney and liver function, and in some cases, both internal and external bleeding.
People are infectious as long as their blood and bodily fluids contain the virus and the incubation period can range between two and 21 days.
Although the disease has no cure, modern medical treatment and quick isolation help hugely to bring the death toll down.
Source: World Health Organisation