Why Is Outbreak Preparedness Important?

Ebola outbreak preparedness is a concept that the public needs to understand. This disease can prove devastating if it is not contained quickly. The world needs to become more informed and be aware of the threat that a contagious disease can present and get ready for the worst.

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Disease outbreaks are most often known as the “Black Death” because it was a disease which decimated people in Europe and Asia. It was so deadly that its effects were felt across the globe. Scientists are still learning about the causes of this disease. It is believed that the disease has traveled from West Africa, although there are some who think that the disease may have originated in Africa and then spread into the rest of the world.

The Ebola virus spreads through direct contact with an infected person. A symptom that can be noted is an early onset of vomiting. Other symptoms include fever, bleeding, diarrhea, rash, muscle pain, vomiting, chills, confusion, and then a slowed heart rate. No symptoms are necessary when the disease is contracted.

In countries where Ebola has appeared, it is important to note that it is far more common in women than in men. The reasons behind this are still unknown. One theory is that women are more prone to carrying the disease because they are less likely to have protective clothing. Women are also more likely to touch an infected person without covering their body.

Public health officials have been issuing information about the disease in Africa. The information is found on the websites of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC provides information about the symptoms, the history of this disease, and how to handle it if you or someone you know is sick. The CDC also provides information about safe treatment procedures.

You can get outbreak preparedness information on the internet, in books, on television and in magazines. There are also organizations that have sprung up to help families prepare for an outbreak. They will provide information on where to go, what to do, how to move your family, and how to handle medical problems.

Information from the CDC is a very good source to use in the event of an outbreak. If you think you may have been exposed to the disease, you should immediately contact your doctor and be tested.