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Ebola, a type of hemorrhagic fever, is a virus currently responsible for an epidemic in West Africa. The virus is almost completely contained to the African continent with a few isolated cases in the US and Europe. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this is the largest Ebola outbreak in history. The CDC is working to raise awareness of symptoms and transmission to help control the spread of the illness. The virus was first discovered during an outbreak in 1976 that took place in the Democratic Republic of Congo near the Ebola River, from which the virus takes its name. The historical case fatality rate for the virus is about 50%.
Recently, Dr. Bruckel, the founder and CEO of Total Access Urgent Care, appeared on KSDK to discuss what people should know about the Ebola virus and how they can best avoid contracting this serious disease.
Ebola is characterized by a sudden onset of symptoms including fever, muscle aches, fatigue, cramps, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, and bloody secretions. The virus is contagious with the onset of the symptoms.
The best way to avoid contracting the virus is to be cautious around others that are showing symptoms. The virus can enter the body through the nose, mouths, or cuts in the skin. People should avoid touching their face and wash their hands as often as possible to reduce the risk of contracting Ebola.
With the high fatality rates associated with Ebola virus, it is important that the virus is contained and transmission is quickly halted. If you think you may have been in contact with someone that has been exposed to Ebola, visit the nearest hospital immediately.
For common illnesses, lacerations, fracture management, IV hydration, and abdominal pain, visit Total Access Urgent Care. Open 365 days per year, walk in anytime between 6am and 10pm at Webster Groves/Rock Hill and 8am to 8pm at the South County/Tesson Ferry, Chesterfield, Town and Country, St. Louis Hills, and St. Charles locations. Call 314-961-2255 or visit www.TAUC.com.