Christian Living, Healthy Living, Social Justice

On Ebola (A Letter to My Sponsor Daughter in Ghana)

Friend, I am sharing this with you so that you will

1) Consider sponsoring a child with Compassion

and if you already sponsor a child (through any organization) in West Africa, that you will write to them and tell them about the Ebola virus.  This is the letter I just sent to my sponsor daughter, Becky. Please feel free to replace her name (and my name) and info with yours and send this along today.

Bless you. Please pray. Please share.

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Here is my letter:

Hello sweet Becky!

I love you, sweet girl and am praying for your deepening relationship with Jesus, for your families safety and provision and kindness to move among you today and always.

We have lots of catching up to do, but today I need to share with you important news. I’m sure your project workers have shared, but I want to reinforce information about a virus in your area…West Africa.

It’s called Ebola. It is real and so this letter is to share the symptoms and cautions so that you and your community may remain healthy.
Here are the symptoms as defined from the US Center for Disease Control:
Symptoms of Ebola include

Fever (greater than 38.6°C or 101.5°F)
Severe headache
Muscle pain
Weakness
Diarrhea
Vomiting
Abdominal (stomach) pain
Unexplained hemorrhage (bleeding or bruising)

Symptoms may appear anywhere from 2 to 21 days after exposure to Ebola, but the average is 8 to 10 days.

Recovery from Ebola depends on good supportive clinical care and the patient’s immune response. People who recover from Ebola infection develop antibodies that last for at least 10 year

Sweet Becky, here is what they recommend to prevent its spread:

Practice careful hygiene. For example, wash your hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer and avoid contact with blood and body fluids.
Do not handle items that may have come in contact with an infected person’s blood or body fluids (such as clothes, bedding, needles, and medical equipment).
Avoid funeral or burial rituals that require handling the body of someone who has died from Ebola.
Avoid contact with bats and nonhuman primates or blood, fluids, and raw meat prepared from these animals.

And this is what treatment looks like: Symptoms of Ebola are treated as they appear. The following basic interventions, when used early, can significantly improve the chances of survival:

Providing intravenous fluids (IV)and balancing electrolytes (body salts)
Maintaining oxygen status and blood pressure
Treating other infections if they occur

Becky, I love you dearly and am lifting you in prayer. Please spread this word to your family and teachers. May the God of all hope will you over full as you trust in Him.
Much LOVE from your grateful sponsor,

Shannyn

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