Michael Weilert, MD: Preventing the Spread of Ebola
Michael Weilert, MD, gives helpful tips on how to prevent the spread of Ebola in this slideshare.
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
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Preventing the Spread of Ebola
Created by: Michael Weilert, MD
✤ Mysteriously appearing from West Africa, Ebola has infected thousands of
people, and continues to run rampant. !
✤ Ebola is starting to show up in the US, with cases in both Texas and New York
City. This might seem scary, but having a couple confirmed cases shouldn’t
necessarily be a cause for panic. !
✤ The level of health care available in the US is dramatically different from West
✤ Even if somebody does get infected, supportive care will be provided swiftly. !
✤ The following are steps you should take to make sure you do not contract
Know the Symptoms
Typical Ebola symptoms include fever,
nausea, aches, pains, vomiting and
These usually show up during the
“incubation period” of the virus, which
typically lasts 8 to 10 days after
In a small number of cases, bleeding
from various orifices, as well as seizures
and a loss of consciousness, have been
reported when the infection isn’t
Without the proper care, death is
possible within 12 days of being
Know How You
Can Get It ✤ Ebola is transmitted through direct
contact, meaning that somebody
will have to be splashed or sprayed
with bodily fluids on their eyes,
nose or mouth from an infected
person to contract the virus.!
✤ Breaks or cuts in the skin are
opening through which Ebola could
seep and infect somebody.
Step # 3:
Practice Proper Hygiene
✤ Ebola can survive on dry
surfaces for a few hours, and
last up to several days in
bodily fluids or in puddles at
room temperature. !
✤ Bleach can kill the virus, so a
regular wipe-down will help
curb Ebola from taking hold.
ALWAYS WASH YOUR HANDS!
Tip # 4:
Better Safe Than
There haven’t been any vaccines
developed yet to combat Ebola,
although clinical trials are currently
This is why prevention is the best
way to fight the virus. !
At the slightest suspicion of an
infection, especially when you
think you might have come into
contact with somebody who just
came from Africa, make sure you
get yourself checked out at the
Remember, education is the key