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Ebola facts

Published:Monday | October 20, 2014 | 12:00 AM

what you need to know

Do not give aspirin or ibuprofen to Ebola patients because this can make the bleeding worse.

Clothing and clinical waste from treating an Ebola patient should be incinerated and any medical equipment that needs to be kept should be decontaminated with bleach and high-grade disinfectant.

Properly sterilise instruments and contaminated areas (such as soiled clothing, bed linen, etc.). It's important to thoroughly clean any area with which someone who has been sick with Ebola comes into contact.

The Ebola virus can survive for several hours on dry surfaces, such as doorknobs and countertops. However, the virus in body fluids (such as blood) can survive up to several days at room temperature.

The Ebola virus is killed with hospital-grade disinfectants (such as household bleach). Disinfect ALL surfaces you suspect the virus may have come in contact with, especially the room of the patient.