Now, Ebola is the new H1N1 (as in swine flu). Articles on newspapers, messages on what’sapp (say what?!) everywhere we go people are gripped with nerve wracking anxiety. What is Ebola? Today, my fellow readers I shall satisfy your insatiable curiosity. Last year in December 2013, Ebola virus seized Africa but wasn’t detected till March 2014. Soon it spread to countries such as japan, china, Nigeria and now India. How many of you were aware of this? Yeah, neither did I hence gods bless Google.
For the basic idea, Ebola is a virus derived from the name ebola river which was said to be in close proximity to the democratic republic of Congo where the first Ebola case was recorded.
Now how does Ebola get transferred from the sick to the healthy?
The fundamental ways ebola gets transferred are:
ü Contact with blood or bodily fluids of animals such fruit flies and monkeys. This mainly happens in African forests. So steer clear of African rainforests?
ü Next from the sick individuals the ebola virus can spread to the healthy via direct contact with blood, secretions, organs, broken mucuos membranes or skin and also indirect contact with environments contaminated with such fluids.
ü Often infected males can carry the virus in their semen for almost 7 weeks!
The basic symptoms are –
•These symptoms start 2 days to 3 weeks after contact with the virus. These include.
Fever, throat pain nausea, headaches,vomiting,decreased functioning of liver and kidneys
•Bleeding from mucuous membranes (eg. Gastrointentinal tracts, nose, vagina and gums)
•5 to 7 days after early symptoms internal bleeding in form of reddened eyes, bloody vomit, create petechiae, purpura, ecchymoses, and hematomas.
•The fatality rate of ebola is very high.
•show some symptoms of circulatory system involvement, impaired blood clotting. If the infected person does not recover, death due to multiple organ dysfunction syndrome occurs within 7 to 16 days
How do we prevent ebola? Considering the havoc this tiny microorganism is causing, we need to be on our toes and keep an eye out for the slightest disruption.
ü Check the animals for infection and to dispose off the bodies with proper methods.
ü Cook meat properly and wearing protective gear while handling meat is also neccasary.
ü Washing hands while in close contact with the infected person.
There is no specific treatment for the disease. Efforts to help those who are infected are supportive and include giving either oral rehydration therapy (slightly sweet and salty water to drink) or intravenous fluids. The disease has a high mortality rate, often killing between 50% and 90% of those infected with the virus.
ROLE OF HOMOEOPATHY :
People who are already under constitutional homoeopathic treatment, have strong immunity which prevents them from acquiring the disease.
In patients who are not undergoing homeopathic treatment ,according to what symptoms the patients present, medicine would defer.