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Symptoms of Ebola, Pet Concerns

Written by Sky Taylor, Diet Bites

What are the Symptoms & Signs of Ebola?

Fever greater than 101 degrees [CDC website has since amended this to 101.5º]
Severe headache
Muscle pain
Weakness
Diarrhea
Vomiting
Abdominal [stomach] pain
Unexplained hemorrhage [bleeding or bruising]

Symptoms generally appear 8-10 days after exposure but may occur in as little as 2 days - and as long as 21 days.

The CDC reports: "Recovery from Ebola depends on good supportive clinical care and the patient’s immune response. People who recover from Ebola infection develop antibodies that last for at least 10 years."

Boosting Your Immunity Level to Reduce Risk of Contracting Ebola

Boosting your immunity to fight and lessen potential risk should you come in contact with an active virus is an excellent idea.

Boosting immunity doesn't mean that an individual who comes in contact with the virus won't get it - but it may lessen the chance of contracting the virus.

And even if the individual does succumb - because of their stronger and healthier body, their chances of survival may be substantially increased.

Ebola in the United States: Boosting Your Immunity - Tips for boosting your immunity to avoid a potentially deadly virus.

Is There a Cure for Ebola?

NO! Not at this time although a vaccine is being worked on by top scientists. If you see advertisements which tout a cure for Ebola, they should be reported to the FDA - which is leaning hard on businesses which are trying to turn a profit out of this terrible disease which has infected thousands.

Your best defense at this juncture is to avoid big crowds, avoid sick people and to work on boosting your level of immunity.

Your Pets - Keeping Them Safe Against Ebola Scares

If you have a pet - if you succumb to a positive test for Ebola, this may impact the life of your pet.

Because there is current concern that dogs can carry Ebola and infect others, pets of infected individuals may have their pet taken from them and put to sleep.

If you are in the health industry and own a beloved pet, you may wish to consider care options until Ebola is eradicated, at least from the United States.

Risk of Ebola Exposure

Those at greatest risk include individuals caring for those stricken with Ebola, such as family members and healthcare workers. In addition, individuals who deal with the deceased bodies are at increased risk.

Those individuals in Africa who handle bushmeat [wild animals] may succumb through an infected animal, such as a bat.

Ebola can be spread by contact with contaminated objects. Examples: clothing, bedding, needles, syringes and other medical equipment, bodily fluids.

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