The Ministry of Health (MoH) has tipped the nation on preventive measures against Ebola disease.
This follows a reported Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), in an area close to the border with Central African Republic. Three people have already died from the outbreak with 11 cases reported so far.
In a press statement, Chief of Health Services Charles Mwansambo, MoH has urged Malawians to take good care of themselves and follow hygienic practices to avoid being attacked by Ebola.
Among others, Mwansambo has advised Malawians to inform the closest health facility or the head of community if they suspect any Ebola infection.
Tips on Ebola prevention
• Avoid areas of known outbreaks
• Wash hands frequently
• Avoid bush meat
• Avoid contact with infected people
• Follow infection-control procedures
• Don’t handle remains.
Symptoms of Ebola
According to World Health Organisation, signs and symptoms typically begin abruptly within five to 10 days of infection with Ebola or Marburg virus.
• Severe headache
• Joint and muscle aches
Over time, symptoms become increasingly severe and may include:
• Nausea and vomiting
• Diarrhea (may be bloody)
• Red eyes
• Raised rash
• Chest pain and cough
• Stomach pain
• Severe weight loss
• Bleeding, usually from the eyes, and bruising (people near death may bleed from other orifices, such as ears, nose and rectum)
• Internal bleeding