1. The occurrence of tuberculosis is highest among low socioeconomic groups.
The occurrence of tuberculosis is highest among low socioeconomic groups. Mortality is much higher among the poor than the rich. Poverty with its associated evils of poor inadequate housing and overcrowded housing together with mal-nutrition and in particular deficiency of first class protein contribute to the risk of acquiring tuberculosis. Poor health resulting from other infections particularly infections with parasitic worms predisposes a community to tuberculosis. Both sexes are equally affected in infancy and childhood, but the prevalence is higher in males than in females especially among the elderly. Death rates increase with age. There is no established genetic predisposition to tuberculosis.
2. Loneliness increases risk of alcoholism
Some people seek solace in alcohol when lonely and this could lead to alcoholism and its attendant health effects.
3. Hotels are fertile grounds for disease transmission
Hotels are fertile grounds for disease transmission, from the rooms (toilet handles, TV remotes, door handles, taps etc) to the general toilets in the lobbies and entrance door handles.
Some five star hotels have sanitizers positioned in strategic places.
4. Carrots protect your eyes, helps in night vision
Carrot contains beta-carotene which is converted to Vitamin A in the liver and also lots of vitamin A. Vitamin A is necessary for proper development of the eyes, prevents dryness of the eyes and also ensures night vision, it prevents night blindness. In fact low Vitamin A level in the body can destroy the eyes. Vitamin is anti- macular degeneration and reduces the risk of premature cataract. Carrots also contain another phyto-nutrient , Lutein which also protects our sight.
5. Ebola virus infects animals and humans.
The Ebola virus disease affects animals and humans. It comes into the human population through contact with the blood, secretions, meat and other body fluids of infected animals. It can also happen when animals with the disease (dead or alive) are handled by human beings. These animals include chimpanzee, gorillas, monkeys, fruit bats and antelopes.
Once it enters the human population, it then spreads from person to person through contact with the blood, secretions, and other body fluids including semen of the infected persons. Even poor handling of bodies of persons who died from the disease also help in the spread.
Health workers (doctors, nurses, laboratory scientists etc ) can contract the disease if special care is not taken during treatment of the infected person.
Infected persons can infect others up to two months after the onset of the disease.
Ebola fever has no cure and no vaccine has been developed. Consequently prevention is key.
Finally, the best preventive measure is to be aware that fatal Ebola Fever virus infection can re-surface in Nigeria/West Africa, to know about it and to know how to avoid it.
6. Salt water bath DOES NOT cure Ebola fever.
Salt water bath does not cure the disease and there is no scientific basis to think so. The virus is present in body fluids including sweat but the virus causes its damage within the body not on the surface of the skin, the infected person bleeds into the skin and under the skin resulting in swellings. So bathing with salt water cannot have any curative effect on the illness.
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