Ebola has spread in West Africa, particularly in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia. Around 4,000 people have died and more than 9,000 remain infected in the area. As the outbreak worsens, the public is advised to maintain their health and use preventative course of action to lessen the risk of acquiring the disease.

  1. How it Spreads

Ebola could spread from one person to another with just the exchange of bodily fluids. This includes sweat, saliva and blood. It cannot spread through casual contact alone. However, any interaction with bodily fluids, including urine and feces touching any part of one’s body, increases the risk of infection.

  1. Symptoms

Ebola has a delayed-reaction phase. Symptoms show up between two to 21 days, which makes it difficult for medical professionals to spot and contain at first sighting. Ebola could mean being dizzy, having a very high fever, headache, joint and muscle aches, sore throat, stomach pain and the lack of appetite.

  1. Recovery Time

Ebola treatment lasts for more than two weeks, including post-sickness observation. Ebola patients recover or die within two weeks with treatment. Ebola’s fatality rate is at 40%, making it one of the deadliest viruses in the world.

  1. Preventative Measures

The public should wear facemasks to avoid spreading the disease airborne through sneezing. It is also important to wash your hands often especially after coming in contact with people to lessen the risk of contracting the disease.