Ebola Virus

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What is Ebola?

Ebola is a virus. What sets it apart from other viruses is its symptoms and how they tend to cause a high death rate. For undeveloped countries with low health standards, this virus could prove

Infection and Symptoms

Transmission

The main method of transmission for Ebola is fluids produced by the body. This would include sweat, saliva, blood, mucus, tears, human waste and reproductive fluids. When these fluids enter another human through any open or cut, it infects the host. The disease can also be transmitted by touching the dead body of a human infected with Ebola.

Symptoms

Once infected it takes usually from anywhere between two to twenty-one days for the symptoms to show. It takes stages that start from feverish to extremely painful. Its starts with fevers, weakness and aches in joints. The next phase includes diarrhea and vomiting. External and internal bleeding can happen along with rashes.

Recovery and Death

It takes from four to fourteen days after the first symptoms for the victim to recover. They can then be declared cured and unable to transmit the disease to others. For a victim to die it takes from six to sixteen days after first symptoms. The dead body is still infectious and must be buried carefully. Victims usually die from loss of fluids or blood pressure dropping.

Current Threat

Ebola today

Despite how deadly Ebola may seem, it is actually considered not that much of a threat outside of developing countries. Ebola usually kills people faster than it can infect others through the host. However, in developing countries where health conditions are low the virus can infect entire villages. Ebola has now had a huge outbreak in Africa, infecting 22,000+ people. Though this number could be much higher than we may think.
The outbreak originated in Guinea and spread to its neighboring countries. Its has also spread to the Congo and has infected thousands.

How we are dealing with it

So far $155-million has been spent to fight Ebola, and much more is being currently sent over. To fight Ebola we are currently setting up camps to help those who are infected. The best way to fight the virus is to starve it out by isolating those who are infected so that the virus cannot spread anymore. It could take years to truly rid countries of Ebola.