CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – This week, tensions are rising about the Ebola virus. People 22News spoke with Friday said it’s scary that precautions are being taken, and they know little about the virus itself.
The first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States, Thomas Duncan, died Wednesday. Now, 5 of the busiest U.S. International Airports will begin screening passengers arriving from countries in West Africa where Ebola is concentrated. Many people say they want to know what they can do to protect themselves.
Daryn Hill of Springfield said, “What would they be able to take, or if it’s coming through food, or if you should carry antibacterial soap around. You know what I’m saying, something that they can prepare for, because a lot of times when you get sick, you’re not prepared for it.”
The Centers for Disease Control says the Ebola virus is difficult to catch unless in close contact with blood, saliva, sweat, or other bodily fluids. It can take up to 21 days for symptoms to appear and they include a fever, severe headache, muscle pain, weakness, vomiting, unexplained bleeding, and stomach pain.
Right now there is no cure, but a drug named ZMapp seemed to help in the recovery of two Americans who returned from West Africa with the disease. The government is helping with funding pharmaceutical trials.