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Haliborange Ebola Facts - SURVIVING EBOLA

Published:Tuesday | November 18, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Surviving Ebola is a matter of staying alive long enough to have the chance to develop enough antibodies to fight off the virus. That's because it's typically the symptoms of Ebola — severe fever, haemorrhaging, dehydration, respiratory problems — that kill a patient.

Ebola patients need plenty of fluids to keep hydrated, as the high fever and diarrhoea severely dehydrate the body.

Ebola patients need plenty of both intravenous hydration and oral rehydration solution every day. If you do not have oral rehydration salt at home, you can make your own. In one litre of clean water, add six teaspoons of sugar and half-teaspoon of salt.

Do NOT give aspirin or ibuprofen to Ebola patients because they can make bleeding worse.

High-quality supportive care, especially rehydration and correction of metabolic abnormalities, contributed to the larger number of persons surviving the Ebola virus. More aggressive supportive care is needed for severely ill patients.