The initial signs are similar to the flu virus.
Eventually the symptoms become more severe as the infection progresses.
In countries, where malaria is persistent, there is a possibility of confusing the symptoms of malaria with that of Ebola infections.
Because the virus compromises the ability for the blood to coagulate, the final stages of Ebola infection are more life threatening and can lead to death as blood is no longer able to get to the required organs and keep them functional and healthy.
The death of body organs is often the ultimate outcome such as the kidney, liver, lungs and lymphoid organs. There isn't much inflammation of said organs but general necrosis of tissue occurs due to lack of oxygenated blood flow.
In an interview with Dr. Kent Brantly, one of the survivors of the disease, he indicated an emotional state of being given a "death sentence" once he became sick. This mental state of imminent death is a very important emotional state that must be considered for this disease and while treating a patient so as to bring them back to full health.
Always seek medical attention when you are feeling sick and it lasts more than a few days of discomfort or if it is getting worse. Always take preventive measures and be as hygienic as possible to prevent the contraction of infections or the proliferation of the infection to those near you. Always avoid eating meats that are raw or you are not sure of its origin and wash and cook your foods and utensils properly at all times.
The Ebola virus, first appearing in 1976 in Africa, is a parasitic virus that attacks the immune and circulatory systems and which eventually works its way to destroying the body's organs as it proliferates within the host body. The virus is spread through the contact of bodily fluids and waste products that has been infected with the virus. Often times in poorer and less sanitary environments, contamination can occur due to poor hygienic conditions, vegetation that has been contaminated and then eaten such as fruits and vegetables.
Humans are not infectious until they start to develop the initial symptoms, which can take anywhere from 2 to 21 days after infection has been contracted.
In poorer countries where it is not possible to have a sterile environment to treat diseased patients, it's very important to try as best as we can to keep the patients somewhat contained. The virus has not yet found a way to infect aerially and so it's important to make sure that infected patients and those caring for them take as much precautions as they can to prevent any fluid exchange.
Experimental drugs are being tested on animals to find a cure. A test vaccine called ZMapp, which was used to treat two American doctors who were in the field in Africa but then brought to Atlanta, Georgia for treatment helped get them well but currently there are no vaccines or "cures" for this deadly virus other than taking precautionary steps to prevent the initial contamination. But once infected, steps need to be taken to treat all peripheral illnesses and symptoms and to keep the patients hydrated and in a sanitary and clean environment. Basically, the virus needs to be flushed out of the system to prevent it from causing further damage.
Homeopathic alternatives do exist. Many non believers will insist that Homeopathy is no more than a placebo effect and will prevent its usage without even giving it a chance. But one needs to ask oneself, what is there to lose when conventional medicine does not have the answer?
In past outbreaks of Malaria, Dengue and Typhoid fevers, when conventional medicines did not exist to fight these diseases, people looked to what was available to try to cure themselves. We must do that now with the Ebola virus and hope to find something that will help people to survive this horrific disease.
Given the symptoms that the virus produces and based on the "law of similars", several remedies should be kept close by and used on the patients in addition to hydrating them and keeping them as contaminant free and comfortable as possible.
Crotalus horridus - Extremely helpful in containing the hemorrhaging coming from the various body parts. The vitality is extremely weak and fever ensues but with a low pulse.
Bothrops lanceolatus - Another remedy that can help with hemorrhaging orifices.
Sicarius albospinosus - This is a remedy similar to Crotalus but the symptoms are more affecting the muscular tissues causing aches similar to the Ebola aches whereas Crotalus is more neuralgic in nature.
Arsenicum album - This is good to have on hand for the chills and fevers, and the general flu like symptoms that the patient suffers from.
Baptisia - Great weakness, dysentery and followed well with Crotalus for typhoid like fevers.
Aconite - This remedy is always good to have on hand for the initial shock and the continuous fear of death. It can help calm the mind and allow the body to concentrate more on healing itself rather than causing more stress on itself.
There are other remedies that can be of help to clear some of the symptoms that patients go through and as the virus progresses in a patient, the "law of similars" must be applied to help the patient to heal from the inside out.
There is no reason to allow bias from trying to help people survive this disease. Already the death toll has risen to well over 3,000 and it continues to grow. It's time that we put aside all our differences and try to work together to save all these patients from imminent death.
In a day and age where travel from one continent to another is quick, where foods and products are transported with ease and sometimes without careful watch, it's possible that a disease we never thought would touch us, can and will touch us. We need to be prepared to handle the inevitable.
It is always better to be safe and prepared, no matter what the situation.
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