Ebola is one of the scariest, highly infectious, and deadly diseases, ever known to Humankind. It transmits via the body fluids of a person who is sick with or had died from Ebola (blood, vomit, urine, feces, sweat, semen, and other fluids) or via objects contaminated with the virus (like needles and syringes, etc.).
Here are some interesting “Seven facts about Ebola virus and Ebola disease”, which are less known to many persons.
- Ebola virus got its name from the river where the first outbreak emerged at 1976 – the Ebola River in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire) in Africa.
- Ebola is not a respiratory disease and is not spread through the airborne route, coughing or sneezing. Scientists have found that the Ebola virus is not likely to become airborne. The virus is not spread through casual contact and water also.
- Infected fruits bats or primates (apes and monkeys) can transmit Ebola virus. Dogs or cats are not able to spread Ebola to people or other animals.
- Mosquitoes that transmit many deadly diseases such as Malaria, Filariasis, Japanese Encephalitis are not able to carry and transmit the Ebola virus.
- If an exposed person does not develop Ebola symptoms after 21 days of exposure, he/she will not have Ebola.
- Good news is: Ebola is only spread from one person to another once symptoms begin. A person infected with Ebola cannot spread it to others until symptoms begin.
- There are currently no licensed Ebola vaccines but 2 potential candidates are undergoing evaluation.