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Alumnus discusses Ebola scare in a seminar

Article/News by: Jeana Monica Perez, Ianna Christene Blase and Gracielle Irish Lasquety (The Heart Publication)



An alumnus of Sacred Heart College, Mr. Bernard Cajayon, educated students in a seminar about Ebola virus, held August 15, at the VR1.

Cajayon, in his introduction said that “isa pa lang ang nakakagawa ng discussion tungkol sa Ebola Virus dito sa Pilipinas.” His talk entitled “Deadly Ebola” centered on the severity of the virus, often fatal illness in humans up to 90 percent. Fruit bats of the Pteropodidae are considered to be the natural host of the virus according to him.

Ebola virus first appeared in 1976 in two simultaneous outbreaks in Nzara, Sudan and in Yambuku, Democratic Republic of Congo in Africa near Ebola River in which virus name was derived. According to his talk, the virus can be transmitted through close contact with the blood, secretions, organs or bodily fluids of infected animal. It also spreads to the community by human to human contact such as direct contact with bruises with bloodily fluids or indirect contact to environment contaminated with the fluids.

Some signs and symptoms of having the virus were also tackled such as sudden onset of fever, sore throat, headache, muscle pain, intense weakness, diarrhea, and vomiting. As of now, there are no cases of Ebola Virus throughout Philippines but the DOH want to assure that the virus will not enter the country. Thermal scanner in different airports such as in Clark and NAIA are currently set-up to detect possible carriers.

As of now, there are still no licensed vaccines and specific treatment for the Ebola virus. The severely ill patients require having a proper care. “Prevention is better than cure” and awareness is also important.
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