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About Ebola

What is Ebola?

Ebola is a virus disease (EVD) which is often fatal in humans. The disease was first identified in 1976 when two simultaneous outbreaks took place in Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo. It is believed that the virus originated from wild animals.

Symptoms of the disease include diarrhoea, vomiting, a rash, stomach pain and impaired kidney and liver function. This then leads to internal bleeding, as well as bleeding from the eyes, ears, nose or mouth.

What is the Extent of the Current Outbreak?

There are three countries at the centre of the 2014 Ebola outbreak: Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. These countries are all recovering from recent conflict, and lack the resources and infrastructure to effectively tackle the epidemic. The global death toll has exceeded 5,000, and over 14,000 cases of infection reported. This makes this the biggest ever outbreak of the virus.

Is there a cure for Ebola?

There is currently no licensed treatment or vaccine for the virus. There are, however, two potential vaccines undergoing tests. If identified early, prompt medical attention with rehydration and symptomatic treatment can improve an infected individual's chances of survival.

What can be done to prevent the spread of Ebola?

Ebola is spread via human to human contact, and thus it is crucial to engage and educate communities in order to successfully control outbreaks. This involves applying a package of interventions, including case management, close observation and contact tracing.  Good laboratories, safe burials and social mobilisation are also vital.

Governments and NGOs, including Muslim Aid, are supporting efforts to contain the virus and help treat its victims.

 

Comments

  • Dr. Moyes said on 16 Dec 2014, 22:57

    Attention! Attention!! Attention!!! This is an announcement to the general public. The Ministry Of Health in conjunction with the World Health Organization (WHO) in a fight and campaign to eradicate the deadly virus EBOLA has decided to make this announcement. The deadly virus has been a threat to the whole world at large and it is a thing we must fight against. The deadly virus has sent so many lives to the grave and it is a very sad thing to see precious lives been taken away by the cold hands of EBOLA. We are hereby soliciting to the general public to make a move and to support the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization in the race to eradicate the deadly virus "EBOLA". The government can not do this all alone and so we have decided to put it into the notice of the general public to join in supporting those who are being tormented and made homeless by the deadly virus because we are all one. Your donations and contribution to stop the spread of EBOLA will be highly appreciated. To support or donate to "Fight Against Ebola Campaign", please contact us via this email: fightagainstebolacampaign@outlook.com or call Dr. Jerry Moyes on this number +447087693906. Whatever religion you belong to, please do endeavor to support this campaign to eradicate this deadly Ebola Virus from our society because no one knows who the next victim may be. May God and Allah bless you as you support this great work. Lets join hands and fight EBOLA. Great people, Great Country.

  • Maggie Harper said on 24 Nov 2014, 04:17

    The world needs to know what Islamic relief organizations are doing to help the victims of Ebola in the West African nations suffering from Ebola. It is clear that the "evil" West is doing far more than any other group. What about relief from Islamic charities, especially given the fact that approx. 50% of the populations suffering are Muslim.

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