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Ebola virus disease
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Have you recently been to West Africa? Or do you have sore throat, muscle pains and headaches?

The Ebola virus disease is one of numerous hemorrhagic fevers. It is a serious illness for fatality rates can reach 90%.

The outbreak occurred primarily in remote villages in Central and West Africa. It is transmitted by coming into close contacts with infected bodily fluids including animal blood and secretions

Transmission among humans can occur either from direct contact through open wounds with bodily fluids of infected people or indirectly after being in contact with environments contaminated with such fluids. The time interval from infection with the virus to onset of symptoms is 2 to 21 days.

There are specific tests that allow definite diagnosis. These should be conducted under maximum biological containment conditions as samples are a extreme biohazard risks. The current treatment for EVD is supportive care with rehydration through oral electrolyte solutions or intravenous fluids. New drug therapies are being evaluated and have been tried on few cases. There are currently no licensed vaccines for EVD available.

Consult your doctor telephonically
if you have been to Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone less than 21 days ago and you have any of the following symptoms:
  • a sore throat
  • a sudden onset of fever
  • a temperature (over 37.5C)
  • muscle pains
  • headaches
  • weakness

There is a risk of Ebola spreading if doctors fail to spot the symptoms of patients who are travelling from infected areas. It could spread if a patient waits for an extended period in a hospital without being seen or diagnosed and if they are sick.

At Elsbeth's Doctors our doctors are prepared to diagnose tropical diseases such as malaria and can advise you over the phone in suspected cases of Ebola. Patients are seen on the same day and in necessary cases, an isolation room is available. The CQC commented on the cleanliness of our facilities and the level to which infection control is done.

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