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Prevention of Ebola Virus Disease

Last Updated on May 14, 2018
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Prevention of Ebola Virus Disease

Preventing Ebola is very important as the disease is dangerous once the person is infected.

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Prevention of Ebola is possible only by isolating the infected person. The following measures ensure minimal spread of the disease.

  • Avoiding travel to areas where virus is found.
  • Health care workers and laboratory technicians have to avoid direct contact with the infected personís blood and body fluids by wearing gown, gloves, masks and goggles.
  • Needle-sharing has to be avoided and adequate sterilization of needles and equipment is essential.
  • Isolation of the infected and deceased patients is a must.
  • Use of disposable syringes, needles and other equipment, and proper disposal of the same.
Prevention of Ebola Virus Disease

Ebola Virus Vaccine

Testing of a vaccine for the Ebola virus has been found to protect nonhuman primates. The vaccinated macaques were challenged with the virus and were reported to remain resistant. A vaccine for humans is under trial but not yet approved for use.

References:

  1. Ebola virus disease - (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ebola_virus_disease)
  2. About Ebola virus disease - (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001339.htm)

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