Fever, check. Headache, check. Fatigue, check. According to the World Health Organization, these are the first symptoms of the Ebola virus. Amid all the rising concerns in the United States regarding the emerging Ebola virus, my dear friend Elton experienced these symptoms first handed….
Just recently, he had to miss the entire week of school. Here is a short summary of what happened:
First, it began with fatigue. Then the following day, he woke up with a very high fever. However, he began to notice red rashes appearing on his hands, feet, mouth, and throat. He told me that the rashes were really painful, especially from the throat. He was then taken to the hospital after his fever reached 105°F (Brain cells start deteriorating at 106°F) At the hospital, he was treated with antibiotics (amoxicillin 400mg and ibprofen 600mg), but the doctors and nurses later found out that they were ineffective because he had contracted a virus. So they came to conclusion that he was diagnosed with the Hand, Feet, and Mouth Disease. There was nothing that could have cured it and he was told that it would go away on its own.
For more information about the Hand, Feet, and Mouth Disease, Check this out!: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/hand-foot-and-mouth-disease/basics/causes/con-20032747
Nevertheless, imagine how his friends and family felt during this time. I was concerned myself. Considering how Ebola has raised some fear to the world as of late, the timing was not perfect. Fever is one of the first signs of ebola. His fever reached up to 105°F. Now put yourself in his parents’ shoes.