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Ebola facts - DON'T IGNORE THE SIGNS

Published:Thursday | October 16, 2014 | 12:00 AM

If you believe you were exposed to the deadly Ebola virus, seek immediate medical attention. It is best to be safe than sorry. Early detection and immediate treatment can make a big difference between life and death.

If you have been in a known Ebola-infected area or come in contact with a person known or suspected to have Ebola and you begin to have symptoms, DO NOT travel and immediately call your doctor, hospital or health centre.

Get medical care right away if you have a fever higher than 101.5 degrees Fahrenheit, severe headache, muscle pain, vomiting, diarrhoea, stomach pain or unexplained bruising or bleeding.

Tell your doctor about any recent travel to Ebola-infected countries, especially West Africa, or contact with a person who was sick with Ebola BEFORE you go to the doctor's office, clinic or hospital.

Calling before you go to the doctor or health centre will help the health authorities determine how to treat you and protect persons you may come in contact with there or on your way. It is VERY important that you stay away from everyone once you begin to show symptoms.