Ebola- hype to hyperbole

by Trinity N period 5

There is a lot of mystery and fear surrounding the Ebola Virus. But in reality many of the people who seek treatment early in the disease have a much better chance of survival than those who wait until symptoms have progressed.

The following is a brief overview of research conducted by this writer concerning the Ebola Virus.

Ebola is the name of a river in the country of Zaire in Africa. Ebola is named for this river because the first outbreaks of the disease in 1976 occurred along the Ebola river. All of the major outbreaks of Ebola have occurred in African countries except one. Ebola Reston was an outbreak among primates in Reston, Virginia in the United States. This strain of the virus came into this country via the philipines.

In Africa the death rate of Ebola in the current outbreak in about 50%. Prior outbreaks to the disease in Africa had been greater than 80%. This is due to several factors including the low standard of health care and the beliefs of the people in affected nations. In the United States other hand there has only has been one Ebola related fatal fatality out of 4 people infected. This one fatality may have been prevented if the first patient has been diagnosed correctly on his initial ER visit.

The list of Ebola symptoms are long and gruesome. Symptoms include fever, severe headaches, muscle and stomach pain, internal bleeding, external bleeding, weakness, confusion, diarrhea, and vomiting. Symptoms may appear between 2 and 21 days after exposure. People that recovour from Ebola develop antibodies that remain in their system up to 10 years.

Regardless of what you might have heard in the media with proper precautions it is difficult to contract Ebola. While the exact source of transmission is still unknown Ebola does spread from person to person through direct contact with bodily fluids such as blood, and saliva. It is also spread through objects such as bed sheet, and clothing that have been contaminated with the virus.

There are many things people can to do to prevent getting infected by Ebola. First is do not come in contact with bodily fluids from an infected person. Do not handle items that have come in contact with infected people. If you are in Africa avoid contact with suspected carriers of Ebola such as bats, monkeys, and insect. If you find yourself having been in contact with someone suspected of having Ebola wash throughly with a hot soapy bleach solution. There is no vaccine for Ebola but there are supported measures and treatment of symptoms that can be giving in the hospital.

On September 30, 2014 case zero arrived in Dallas, Texas from Liberia and didn't have symptoms upon arriving. Four days after arriving in Dallas he became ill and went to the emergency room. He was prescribed antibiodicts. Several days later his symptoms progressed he was taken by ambulance by same hospital where it was discovered he had Ebola. In spite of the efforts of the medical professionals patient zero died from Ebola October 8. Two days later one of the nurses who treated patient zero developed a fever and was put in isolation later tested positive for Ebola. She was successfully tested using blood plasma from an Ebola survivor and recovered. She was released from the hospital on October 24.

In spite of all the fears surrounding this horrible disease it should be noted that due to a rapid response of dedicated health care workers and government officials Ebola was indeed stopped on its tracks in the United States as promised! Although the disease still rages in several African countries the outpouring of resources and personnel will eventually triumph over it.