The plan for Sallah celebration is on top gear. Yea, thinking of how to have a splendid Sallah celebration and what to cook on the day. Yea, pounded yam with rich egusi with bush meat will make a sumptuous meal supported with a chilled drink.
But hey, can I still go on with the bush meat with the reported case of Ebola virus in which Lagos state government health authorities finally announced the death of the Liberian, Mr. Patrick Sawyer, who was tested for the deadly Ebola virus on the 20th of this month. He is the first recorded case of Ebola virus in Nigeria. The virus has killed about 632 of about 1000 people infected since February across Africa. The virus most times leaves 90% of the infected people dead.
Ebola virus is one of the world’s deadliest diseases which was formerly known as Ebola haemorrhagic fever. The first case of Ebola virus was discovered in 1976 in Nzara, Sudan and Yambuku, Democratic Republic of Congo near Ebola river from which the disease takes its name.
Ebola virus is epidemic and spreads like raging fire in human. The virus is usually contracted through contact with body fluids or waste of infected animals, such as monkeys, chimps, gorillas or fruit bats. The virus strikes majorly in remote villages of Central and West Africa, but with recent report of outbreak in some African cities.
The symptoms of Ebola virus in human include fever, intense weakness, muscle pain, headache, weakness and sore throat which is followed by vomiting, diarrhea, rash, impaired kidney and liver function, internal and external bleeding of the body, trouble with breathing, and rashes all over the body. During an outbreak, health workers, family members and those that come in contact with infected people both dead and alive are at higher risk of contracting the virus.
Doctor Sheik Umar Khan at the forefront of Sierra Leone’s fight against the Ebola outbreak has also contracted the virus with three nurses working with him reported dead.
As at present, there is no cure or vaccine to prevent Ebola virus. There are just measure that can help to prevent the Ebola outbreak which includes washing of hands often with soap and water, avoid close contact with people infected with the virus should be taken, and avoid travelling to areas where the virus are found.
For lovers of bush meats like me and other lovers of bat meat, please avoid their consumption while also taking other preventive measures to avoid getting infected with Ebola virus.
Ignorance kills, help spread the word and make people aware of the Ebola virus.