Philippines ready for Ebola virus disease, DOH more worried about dengue, leptospirosis

Health Secretary Enrique Ona said that west African Ebola outbreak is a concern, however, “We’re doing everything to make sure that it does not reach us.”

As described by World Health Organization, Ebola virus disease is a severe acute viral illness often characterized by the sudden onset of fever, intense weakness, muscle pain, headache and sore throat. This is followed by vomiting, diarrhoea, rash, impaired kidney and liver function, and in some cases, both internal and external bleeding. Laboratory findings include low white blood cell and platelet counts and elevated liver enzymes.

Severely ill patients require intensive supportive care. Patients are frequently dehydrated and require oral rehydration with solutions containing electrolytes or intravenous fluids.

Ona said the government have complete reagents to diagnose a victim with Ebola. Suspected patients must be brought to Research Institute for Tropical Medicine for confirmation.

The health chief iterates that he is more worried about dengue and leptospirosis than Ebola virus. Secretary Ona advised Filipinos to have enough rest, avoid being wet in the rain and keep their their environment clean.

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