In a day and age where social media reigns supreme, so too does the distortion between myths and reality. Often there are posts made to social media and news sites which are conflicting, but if you don’t see both of these then how do you know that what you are reading isn’t correct, many people believe or are unaware of hoax news on social media and fake news sites. Here are some facts that you need to know about Ebola.
There is no cure for Ebola
Currently there is no known vaccine or licensed treatment for Ebola, however these are being developed and you can help contribute to effective treatment of the disease by donating to UNICEF’s Ebola appeal.
You can contract Ebola from bodily fluids
Ebola can be contracted by direct contact between bodily fluids, such as urine, vomit, saliva and blood, and broken skin or mucous membranes.
Contact with bodily fluids is the main way in which Ebola is transmitted and this means that simple things like like kissing or sharing food can provide a potential situation where Ebola can caught.
Mosquitos do not carry Ebola
Mosquitos are known to carry particular tropical diseases, such as dengue fever or Ross River virus, however there is no evidence to suggest that mosquitos or other insects can spread the Ebola virus. It has only been observed that certain mammals can transmit the virus, such as apes, primates, bats and, of course, humans.
You Can’t Get Ebola Through the Air
Ebola itself is not an airborne disease like influenza is. There have also been some false reports that Ebola has mutated and can now be contracted through the air, this has never been observed as a method of transmission of the disease. Viruses are also not known to
change the method of transmission.
You can’t get Ebola from water
Ebola cannot be contracted through water as it does not contaminate water like dysentery or cholera does.
Ebola cannot be contracted from properly cooked food
Ebola is known to be transmitted from hunting and eating wild animals in Africa, however if the meat is prepared and cooked properly the virus is inactivated and is not a risk of transmitting the disease.
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