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How To Prevent Disease Caused By Virus
Ebola: Ebola virus disease (EVD) or Ebola hemorrhagic fever (EHF) is the human disease caused by the Ebola virus. Symptoms typically start two days to three weeks after contracting the virus, with a fever, sore throat, muscle pains, and headaches. Typically nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea follow, along with decreased functioning of the liver and kidneys. At this point, some people begin to have bleeding problems. The virus may be acquired upon contact with blood or bodily fluids of an infected animal (commonly monkeys or fruit bats). Spread through the air has not been documented in the natural environment. Fruit bats are believed to carry and spread the virus without being affected. Once human infection occurs, the disease may spread between people as well. Male survivors may be able to transmit the disease via semen for nearly two months. In order to make the diagnosis, typically other diseases with similar symptoms such as malaria, cholera and other viral hemorrhagic fevers are first excluded. To confirm the diagnosis blood samples are tested for viral antibodies, viral RNA, or the virus itself. Prevention includes decreasing the spread of disease from infected monkeys and pigs to humans. This may be done by checking such animals for infection and killing and properly disposing of the bodies if the disease is discovered. Properly cooking meat and wearing protective clothing when handling meat may also be helpful, as are wearing protective clothing and washing hands when around a person with the disease. Samples of bodily fluids and tissues from people with the disease should be handled with special caution. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What should we do to prevent Ebola virus and disease.I have rabbits as pets.what extra measures should I take?or should I give them away??
Love & enjoy pets.: Please don't fret. The 2014 Ebola outbreak has impacted West African Countries of Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Senegal. Although rabies can infect small mammals - the one case of Ebola in the US - from a Liberian national - is being contained. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Have lupus& POTS. Got bad respiratory virus & both the lupus & POTS flared causing me to miss multiple days of work.How 2 prevent flare from virus?
The usual: Sorry to hear about your debilitating flare ups. There are many things that can trigger a Lupus flare up. You should consult your Rheumatologist for a specific action plan. For a respiratory virus I want to emphasize prevention. Good diet, vitamins if not, exercise as tolerated, adequate restful sleep, reduce stress, hand hygiene and avoid touching your face, avoid anyone who may have a cold. ...Read more
Difficult: Epstein barr virus infections are very common. Transmission is through the saliva of infected person to another. The symptoms of infection may be very mild, but some people develop a major illness. Almost all of us have been exposed to it, and even many carry the virus in their saliva without actively being infected (carriers). Its best to avoid intimate mouth to mouth contact with ill people. ...Read more
I live in Tulsa Oklahoma and I have heard rumors of a new virus going around that is very serious is this fact or fiction and how do I prevent it?
New virus: There is a new virus enterovirus D 68 EV-D68. Currently in the midwest. Associated with breathing difficulties requiring hospitalization, mostly in children. Children/individuals with asthma are at greater risk. Hand washing,avoiding kissing, close contact with ill individuals, requesting ill individuals/workers wear masks and stay home, seeking medical attention when ill,may limit spread. ...Read more
Avoid certain areas: Most importantly, avoid travel to areas designated by the CDC as high risk. You can find an updated list on the CDC website. If travel to one of these areas cannot be avoided, make sure to apply insect repellant frequently and to wear long sleeves and pants. Make sure all windows and doors have screens if they are to remain open. Get rid of standing water as this is where mosquitos breed. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
How can I prevent Ebola virus from hitting us? Live in the middle of nowhere and far far away from society??
Living where you do: is protective in and of itself. There have been no Ebola cases in Canada. There have been 3 cases that were diagnosed on the continent of North America. One is deceased. One is at Emory Univ Hospital (Atlanta, GA) & the other is at The National Institutes of Health (Bethesda, MD).They are safely contained & their contacts are being monitored. Since Ebola is not an airborne virus & one must be > ...Read more
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