Ebola Facts Doctors Are Not Telling You Amid Outbreak

What was once considered a rare disease has been marked as an international concern by the World Health Organization (WHO). The decision comes amid the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

WHO said the disease is now a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) in the African country due to nearly year-long outbreak and growing infection. Public health officials hope the declaration would encourage the government to expand funding and support for affected communities, Ars Technica reported Thursday.

“It is time for the world to take notice and redouble our efforts,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director General, said in a statement. “We need to work together in solidarity with the DRC to end this outbreak and build a better health system.” 

Congo’s Ebola outbreak started in August of last year, affecting the provinces of North Kivu and Ituri along the border with Rwanda, South Sudan and Uganda. To date, the government recorded 2,512 infections and 1,676 deaths linked to the health crisis.

Health experts warned that the disease may continue to spread because of the growing movement of people in and out of the region. That is why WHO and other organizations aim to spread awareness about how Ebola affect people to prevent other outbreaks. 

Facts You Must Know About Ebola 

Infection Starts From Animals, Spreads Through Humans

Ebola is commonly carried by wild animals, such as fruit bats, chimpanzees, gorillas, monkeys, forest antelope and porcupines. Exposure to their blood, secretions, organs and other bodily fluids can bring the virus to a person. 

The infection could then spread from human to human through physical contact.

Broken Skin Increases Risk

Ebola spreads through human-to-human transmission. Having a wound may increase the risk of infection due to easier exposure to blood or body fluids and contaminated objects. 

Ebola Vaccines Are Still Under Development

Experiments are ongoing to see an effective and safe treatment for the infection. To date, scientists are testing a vaccine to control Ebole in Guinea and Congo. 

Hydration As Prevention

WHO said that rehydration with oral or intravenous fluids can help increase the chance of survival after being infected. There is no available licensed treatment for Ebola. 

Ebola May Cause Mental Problems

Health experts previously found that Ebola infection caused numerous medical complications in patients even after recovery. Some people showed mental health issues and required medical and psychosocial attention.

Ebola Health care workers learn how to properly dispose of the remains of a simulated patient who died from Ebola in Buchanan City, Nov. 21, 2014. Joint Forces Command – United Assistance mobile training team trains local health care workers on how to properly manage an Ebola treatment unit. Staff Sgt. Terrance D. Rhodes/US Army