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20 Messages on Ebola for children to learn and share:
- Ebola is a disease that makes people very ill and sometimes die.
- Ebola is caused by a virus you can’t see which stops a person’s body working properly.
- The Ebola virus lives inside fluids of an infected person (like blood, spit, pee, poo and vomit).
- There are many signs of Ebola: headache, fever, pains in the stomach and muscles, diarrhoea & vomiting.
- Ebola spreads when someone who is well touches the fluids of a person who has the Ebola virus.
- Someone can have the Ebola virus in their body for three weeks before they start to feel ill.
- It is only when a person starts to feel ill that they can spread Ebola to someone else.
- Do not touch people who are infected or anything they have touched or used. Keep young children away from those who are sick.
- Do not touch or eat bushmeat (wild meat like bats or monkeys) as this can have Ebola.
- Wash your hands with soap often and always after having a pee or poo (See Message 3 in our WASH topic).
- When someone has the signs of Ebola, a health worker is called to help to take the sick person to a clinic.
- At the clinic, health workers take a small amount of blood from the sick person to look for signs of Ebola in the blood. This is called testing.
- Health workers looking after people with Ebola wear special suits, masks and gloves so that they do not catch Ebola.
- Health workers are brave, kind people trying to stop Ebola spreading to others and making them sick.
- At the moment (October 2014), there is no medicine to cure people with Ebola, but scientists are working hard to create medicine and a vaccine.
- When someone dies from Ebola the body has a lot of the Ebola virus, so it should be put carefully into a bag and taken for burial.
- When someone gets well from Ebola and has been checked by a health worker and comes home they can be treated as normal.
- Someone who has recovered from Ebola is safe to touch and is no different to anyone else.
- If your relatives get Ebola, they need comforting words, but not to be touched or hugged.
- Young children do not understand Ebola and not to touch people they love. Help comfort them: play and sing.
Our free resources section has a storybook – A Stone is a Strange Thing – and poster about Ebola Safe, Strong & Smiling (also in Lingala and French).
We have some relevant blog posts too: