Is news about Ebola virus spread in India ‘a Hoax’?

‘Ebola reached Karnataka unfortunately!! Infected poor Sreejith-M.Tech, NIT suratkal, expired today. Please take precautions against this Virus and spread the awareness!! Friends plz eat tulsi leaves to safeguard yourself from this virus ebola becz this virus directly effects the human immune system. Tulsi leaves are good for the human immune system so this is a precaution to save u from the ebola virus… Ebola virus Spreaded in mumbai toooo Use hot water and salt to take your bath in the morning, do the same when you want to drink water(hot and salt) . … It is said to be a traditional vaccine for Ebola. Please don’t keep this information to yourself send to all your contacts including your enemies. God bless you as you share this.’

Ebola Hoax

Has Ebola virus reached India?

This message has been circulated through Whatsapp and other social media sites, and is about how a young boy died due to an infection caused by the Ebola virus. While the prankster(s) were clearly trying to create panic in Karnataka, Mumbai and across India, this message has been deemed a hoax.

These hoaxers also tried to spread inaccurate information about how you can stay away from the virus; information that can do much more harm than good. While, their motive is unknown, it seems that they wanted to create panic and fear among the public and spread false information about a disease. To spread fear is one of the worst things that can happen during an outbreak. Not only does it lead to people trying desperate things to rid themselves of the disease (case-and-point the tip on using tulsi, hot water and salt), but it may also lead to a faster spread of the disease and death.

So, to help you figure out if this message has any truth to it, we have researched as much as possible and redefined it to explain in detail; why you should not believe everything you read.

Sreejith didn’t die due to Ebola.

Firstly, Sreejith, the Mtech student who died in Surathkal did not experience the ill effects of the Ebola infection. Indeed, he passed away because of an extreme lung infection that went undiagnosed for a long time. In the wake of being immersed with calls enquiring about the boy’s reason for death, the Dean of student welfare at NITK, Uday Kumar Yaragatti, told The Indian Express, ‘Sreejith, who was a state-level badminton player, passed away because of lung disease on July 21. Indeed the specialist who treated him affirmed this, as the disease was not distinguished in the early stages. Knaves are tarnishing our image guaranteeing that the first casualty of Ebola is from NITK.’

Tulsi won’t work against Ebola virus.

Furthermore, tulsi leaves won’t help in keeping the infection under control. Yes, the leaves do have an insusceptible boosting capability, however not the slightest way will that offer assistance. The Ebola infection is greatly powerful and has been referred to taint healthy person as well. Furthermore, the reality about drinking warm water with salt will absolutely not help you at all. Indeed, in the event that you drink an excess of salt water, it can prompt kidney malfunctioning and die due to dehydration.

Ebola has not spread in Mumbai

Ebola has not spread in Mumbai. If it happened, it would be very hazardous to go in trains, buses and in crowed places as the infection spreads through body fluids including sweat. As a matter of fact, living in the cities would be impossible. There has been no official news of the infection tainting anybody in the city and fear and mass delirium fill no valuable need ever, particularly in times of emergency.

What axactly is Ebola Virus?

The Ebola infection disease (EVD), previously known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever is a serious condition caused by a virus from the Filoviridae family. Known to be a condition that is transmitted from animals to people, this infection spreads through immediate contact with the body fluids of a infected human or animal.

How is it transmitted?

Ebola virus is transmitted to an initial human by contact with an infected animal’s body fluids. Human-to-human transmission can happen by means of  immediate contact with blood or bodily fluids from an infected person including embalming of a tainted dead person or by contact with contaminated medical supplies, especially needles and syringes.

How can it be prevented?

There are no vaccinations available so far, hence basic cleanliness is vital and an unquestionable task be followed to prevent the spreading of the disease. Routine systems like washing your hands well, drinking water from a clean source, keeping up general cleanliness and cooking the meat well, can all serve as safety oriented measures. Avoid crowds as much as possible or those places that are known to have an outbreak. It is likewise essential that in the event that they recognize any early side effects, they ought to visit a specialist immediately.

Should people in India worry?

‘It’s not pervasive in India, yet people living in remote areas, where living conditions are poor, are always in danger of getting infected. Yet to a great extent there is no compelling reason to worry.

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