Thursday, July 31, 2014

Nothing To Worry About Here

There was a joke told in the Soviet Union in the late 1970s that in the event of nuclear war, Soviet citizens were supposed to put on burial shrouds, and slowly crawl towards the cemeteries.  "Why slowly?"  "To avoid causing panic."

The Centers for Disease Control are issuing this useful set of guidelines:
Interim Guidance about Ebola Virus Infection for Airline Flight Crews, Cleaning Personnel, and Cargo Personnel
Overview of Ebola Virus Disease
Ebola virus disease (also known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever) is a severe, often-fatal disease caused by infection with a species of Ebola virus. Although the disease is rare, it can spread from person to person, especially among health care staff and other people who have close contact * with an infected person. Ebola is spread through direct contact with blood or body fluids (such as saliva or urine) of an infected person or animal or through contact with objects that have been contaminated with the blood or other body fluids of an infected person.
The likelihood of contracting Ebola is extremely low unless a person has direct contact with the body fluids of a person or animal that is infected and showing symptoms. A fever in a person who has traveled to or lived in an area where Ebola is present is likely to be caused by a more common infectious disease, but the person would need to be evaluated by a health care provider to be sure.
The incubation period, from exposure to when signs or symptoms appear, for Ebola ranges from 2 to 21 days. Early symptoms include sudden fever, chills, and muscle aches. Around the fifth day, a skin rash can occur. Nausea, vomiting, chest pain, sore throat, abdominal pain, and diarrhea may follow. Symptoms become increasingly severe and may include jaundice (yellow skin), severe weight loss, mental confusion, shock, and multi-organ failure.
Nothing to worry about!

1 comment:

  1. I just found this WaPo article on the subject:
    "Why You're Not Going to Get Ebola in the US" - quotes some heavy duty infectious disease experts.