Ebola Outbreak

west-africa-distribution-mapThe 2014 Ebola outbreak is the largest Ebola outbreak in history and the first Ebola outbreak in West Africa. This outbreak is the first Ebola epidemic the world has ever known — affecting multiple countries in West Africa. Although the risk of an Ebola outbreak in Ethiopia is very low, precautions are being taken at Bole Airport to prevent this from happening.

Symptoms of Ebola include

  • Fever (greater than 38.6°C or 101.5°F)
  • Severe headache
  • Muscle pain
  • Weakness
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal (stomach) pain
  • Unexplained hemorrhage (bleeding or bruising)

Symptoms may appear anywhere from 2 to 21 days after exposure to Ebola, but the average is 8 to 10 days.

Transmission

When infection occurs in humans, the virus can be spread in several ways to others. Ebola is spread through direct contact (through broken skin or mucous membranes) with

  • blood or body fluids (including but not limited to urine, saliva, feces, vomit, and semen) of a person who is sick with Ebola
  • objects (like needles and syringes) that have been contaminated with the virus
  • infected animals
  • Ebola is not spread through the air or by water, or in general, food. However, in Africa, Ebola may be spread as a result of handling bushmeat (wild animals hunted for food) and contact with infected bats.

Healthcare providers caring for Ebola patients and the family and friends in close contact with Ebola patients are at the highest risk of getting sick because they may come in contact with infected blood or body fluids of sick patients.

Prevention

If you travel to or are in an area affected by an Ebola outbreak, make sure to do the following:

  • Practice careful hygiene. Avoid contact with blood and body fluids.
  • Do not handle items that may have come in contact with an infected person’s blood or body fluids.
  • Avoid funeral or burial rituals that require handling the body of someone who has died from Ebola.
  • Avoid contact with bats and nonhuman primates or blood, fluids, and raw meat prepared from these animals.
  • Avoid hospitals where Ebola patients are being treated. The U.S. embassy or consulate is often able to provide advice on facilities.
  • After you return, monitor your health for 21 days and seek medical care immediately if you developsymptoms of Ebola.

Healthcare workers who may be exposed to people with Ebola should follow these steps:

  • Wear protective clothing, including masks, gloves, gowns, and eye protection.
  • Practice proper infection control and sterilization measures. For more information, see “Infection Control for Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers in the African Health Care Setting”.
  • Isolate patients with Ebola from other patients.
  • Avoid direct contact with the bodies of people who have died from Ebola.
  • Notify health officials if you have had direct contact with the blood or body fluids, such as but not limited to, feces, saliva, urine, vomit, and semen of a person who is sick with Ebola. The virus can enter the body through broken skin or unprotected mucous membranes in, for example, the eyes, nose, or mouth

New Expressway – Addis to Nazareth

Expressway 1 Expressway 3 Imagine getting up in the morning in Addis and driving south to Debrezeit and arriving there within 15 to 20 minutes. All the while taking in the fresh breeze of the countryside with rolling green hills around you. That is what the new expressway from Addis Ababa to Nazareth will offer motorists who are willing to cough up the money to pay for using the toll road. Yes, you will have to pay to drive on the new expressway. But don’t worry, you will find the experience worth all the pennies. Just think of the alternative, driving on Kaliti road with traffic, and those dreadful white mini-buses, speeding right at you on the wrong side of the road. Not to mention cars, buses, and big trucks clogging the narrow cracked road for what seems to be eternity.

Work on the expressway is complete from Akaki to Nazareth. About 25 kms of road connecting Akaki to Addis still needs completion. During a test drive from Akaki to Debrezeit, I took many pictures and posted some of them here just to arouse you driving senses. After that crawling traffic in Addis, getting out of town should be a breeze. Goodbye to getting stuck in traffic crazy Addis. Welcome to spending weekends in Debrezeit, a short distance away right off of the expressway are several hangout resorts – Kuriftu, Adulala, and others.

The expressway boasts three south bound lanes and three north bound lanes, separated by a median made of cast iron. It has exits in Akaki, Dukem, Modjo, and two exits each in Debrezeit (north and south) and Nazareth (north and south).  At every exit you will drive through toll gates where you will have to dig down into your pocket and pay for the wonderful ride you just had. SEE MORE PICTURES OF THE EXPRESSWAY

The Miracle Drug You Need to Take

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For the cardiovascular system, the drug prevents heart disease. It immediately helps address hypertension (high blood pressure) and hypercholesterolemia (high cholesterol) and greatly reduces your chance of suffering a heart attack or a stroke. And if you’ve already been diagnosed with heart disease or related problems? This drug helps improve your condition. How about everyday health problems? This drug boosts your immune system against common maladies like the cold and flu, reducing the intensity and duration, or preventing them outright. This drug even helps prevent certain types of cancer and can help you fight back if you ever get a diagnosis.

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In your brain, the drug can block the progression of dementia and Alzheimer’s by up to 50 percent. The drug has also been shown to help you keep your mental faculties longer in life, and it will keep your brain working better and longer compared to those who refuse to take it.

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If we stay in your head and look at psychological factors, the drug also works wonders. It’s been shown to reduce symptoms of depression by 30 percent, and closer to 50 percent in higher doses. That’s the beauty of this drug, it’s very hard to overdose. It’s also incredibly effective against anxiety disorders. The drug attacks low energy and boosts self-esteem. It lets you work at a higher level for a longer time. It can help you quit any addiction and is especially effective with smoking and drinking. This medicine improves sleep quality and can cure sleep disorders like insomnia and apnea.
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