October 23, 2014Blog
Many are enduring different health crises in their lives with their mental and physical health. Don’t panic! Take precautions for the protection of your health.
The Ebola outbreak in Africa is horrific with more than 4,000 losing their lives thus far in: Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. Here in the sates, in Texas, a second health care worker, who cared for an Ebola Patient, has contracted it as well. According to CNN: […] there could be 10,000 new Ebola cases per week in the three countries by the end of this year as the outbreak spreads, the World Health Organization warned Tuesday.
As with any illness, education and prevention is important. Due to a lack of education, some have put themselves at risk both mentally and physically and not just with Ebola.
Hopefully, Ebola will not come to Florida. (Perhaps, that is wishful thinking.) The world is small and many of us fly to other parts of our beautiful planet and Florida attracts many visitors.
What do you know about Ebola? What simple precautions can we take now? What good health habits are you practicing daily?
1 basic reminder: Hand washing regularly is a good health habit! Good hygiene, overall cleanliness of environment and quarantine seem to succinctly sum up what I’ve read on the topic.
What can we learn from the World Health Organization? Here is some information from their website:
Raising awareness of risk factors for Ebola infection and protective measures that individuals can take is an effective way to reduce human transmission. Risk reduction messaging should focus on several factors:
- Reducing the risk of wildlife-to-human transmission from contact with infected fruit bats or monkeys/apes and the consumption of their raw meat. Animals should be handled with gloves and other appropriate protective clothing. Animal products (blood and meat) should be thoroughly cooked before consumption.
- Reducing the risk of human-to-human transmission from direct or close contact with people with Ebola symptoms, particularly with their bodily fluids. Gloves and appropriate personal protective equipment should be worn when taking care of ill patients at home. Regular hand washing is required after visiting patients in hospital, as well as after taking care of patients at home.
- Outbreak containment measures including prompt and safe burial of the dead, identifying people who may have been in contact with someone infected with Ebola, monitoring the health of contacts for 21 days, the importance of separating the healthy from the sick to prevent further spread, the importance of good hygiene and maintaining a clean environment. http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs103/en/
Take care, stay well and wash your hands…often!:)