Confirmed ebola case in DR Congo, Ghana Health Service alerts

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)  has confirmed and declared an outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). According to the World Health Organization, as of 8th May 2018, two (2) out of five(5) samples collected from the suspected patients tested positive for EVD. 
 
This has necessitated the Ghana Health Service (GHS) to issue a press statement to alert and educate the general public on key facts on Ebola to ensure preventive measures are adhered to. 
 
The West African Ebola virus epidemic (2013 to 2016) was the most widespread outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in history—causing major loss of life and socioeconomic disruption in the region, mainly in the countries of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. As of 8 May 2016, the WHO and respective governments reported a total of 28,616 suspected cases and 11,310 deaths.
 
In a statement dated 9/05/2018, signed by the Director-General of the GHS,  Dr Anthony Nsiah-Asare, the Ministry of Health/Ghana Health Service has instituted the following measures :
 
▪Sent alerts on the current outbreak in DR Congo to all Regional Directors of Health Services, Chief Executives of Teaching Hospitals and all other relevant agencies and institutions 
 
▪enhanced surveillance on EVD and other Acute Viral Haemorrhagic Fevers in general 
 
▪initiated mechanisms to update preparedness and response plans at all the levels for EVD
 
▪initiated mechanisms to sensitize the health staff and create necessary public awareness 
 
Ebola Virus is transmitted to humans usually from wildlife like monkey, chimpanzee, bats, etc, but can spread from infected person to the other. It can be prevented by; 
 
▪Avoiding contact with infected wildlife as monkey, chimpanzee, bats, antelope, etc
 
▪Avoiding contact with blood and other body fluids and discharges from an infected person using appropriate clothing and equipment like gloves, etc
 
▪proper burial of a person who dies from Ebola by trained persons
 
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