The current Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo was declared on the 1st of August 2018.
It is now the second biggest EVD outbreak to date.
If coming into contact with those who may have Ebola, you should ensure protective equipment is worn.
Ebola’s transmitted through close and direct physical contact with infected bodily fluids. The most infectious being vomit, blood, and faeces.
Cases of Ebola have detected in breast milk, urine and semen; with studies detecting the virus 70 days after the patient had recovered from symptoms.
There have also been studies showing the virus to be present in Saliva and tears, but the sample size was limited.
Ebola can also be transmitted indirectly through contaminated objects and surfaces.
If you are frequently in contact with objects, materials or surfaces that could carry infection, it’s recommended to regularly clean and disinfect. Wearing protective equipment will decrease the risk of transmission.
EVD 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.
There is currently no licensed vaccine to protect people from the Ebola virus.
Martek Marine has created a precaution kit with an informational leaflet which complies with the instructions from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Center of Disease Control (CDC).
The full Standard Ebola Precaution Kit:
Other recommended items on board the vessel:
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