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Lagosians warned against spreading Ebola falsehoods

27 August 2014, 13:33

Lagos - The Lagos State Government has cautioned residents against spreading rumours and myths about the Ebola virus as such speculation was causing anxiety.

The State Commissioner for Health, Dr Jide Idris, said such rumours and false stories, especially in the social media, were also capable of undermining the efforts being made to contain and manage the outbreak.

He said this had become necessary in order to douse the inaccuracies bothering on distortion of facts and outright falsehood being spread in the social media.

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He noted that contrary to the rumours and false information, the Rapid Response Team on the disease was working in accordance with global best practices.

He reiterated that five deaths had so far been recorded in Nigeria since the outbreak while seven individuals that recovered persons, were currently being successfully reintegrated with their families and communities.

“This is a confirmation that an infection by the disease does not mean an automatic death sentence,” Idris said.

Also read: Liberia: Dogs eat remains of Ebola victims

The Commissioner said the common thread among the recovered cases was their early presentation for supportive treatment pointing out that, with this development, there was no need to hide friends and relations who are suspected to have come down with the disease.

“The earlier they are brought for screening and surveillance, the better the outcome”, he said.

 He emphasized that the process by which suspected, probable and confirmed cases as well as contacts are discharged is in line with best global practices adding that in line with approved processes and according to the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) international health regulations, confirmed cases are segregated from suspected or probable cases.

 “Suspected cases are also segregated based on whether they are symptomatic or not. This, logically, is to prevent cross infection from a confirmed case to a probable or suspected case whose confirmatory test may turn out to be negative as has been witnessed severally in the past.”

Ebola is spread when individuals come into direct contact with bodily fluids - such as blood, urine, faeces and sweat - that contain the virus, or touch a contaminated object.

It is said the virus is very resilient and can survive on various surfaces for a long time. It can be transferred via traces of bodily fluids on surfaces like toilet seats and tabletops.

When the carrier dies, the virus does not die right away. Instead, it lives inside the corpse for up to a week, continuing to pose a danger.

– CAJ News


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