Ebola Myths 2

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Ebola, one of the worlds most deadly viruses, has spread from a remote section of Africa to many other countries, including the United States. Dr. Edward Hill continues a look at the myths surrounding Ebola in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Along with the first reported cases of Ebola in the United States have come some myths about the virus. Here are a few more of those myths and some facts about the virus.

Myth: U.S. hospitals arent prepared. Fact: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provided Infection Control Guidelines for emergency care providers that include isolating patients who have Ebola, then identifying and screening anyone who has been near those patients.

Myth: All Ebola patients experience bleeding. Fact: Only 18 percent of Ebola patients in the 2014 West Africa outbreak experienced unexplained bleeding.

Myth: Ebola is not treatable. Fact: No FDA-approved vaccine or medicine is available for Ebola. Treatment for symptoms includes giving intravenous fluids, monitoring oxygen levels and addressing infections. This care significantly improves the chances of survival.

To keep Ebola and other viruses at bay avoid contact with an infected person, wash your hands frequently and thoroughly and monitor your health. If you develop a fever or other symptoms call for medical assistance.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.