Marked Forever like a Curse!
People alienated due to the most recent outbreak.
Background Knowledge: Ebola is also known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever, and can cause death in human and animals. It originated from Africa, by the Ebola River in Congo in 1976(About Ebola Virus Disease).There is reason to believe that this disease is animal borne, but the CDC(Center of Disease Control and Prevention) is not positive. From 1976 on Ebola has popped in and out of rural areas around Africa, which was a good thing in a sense because the disease was easier to contain. The most recent out break in March 2014.It starts off like a regular flu, fever, vomiting but then it takes a lethal turn for the worse. This most recent outbreak has claimed a copious amount of lives, and its devastating to know we have yet found a cure for this disease. Since the devastating out break it was stated by 'The Guardian', "Until now, pharmaceutical firms have given Ebola very low priority. Potential drugs and vaccines under development are now being sped into trials"(Ebola Crisis).Many life's have been taken due to this disease.According to BBC News, "Up to 23 November, 5,689 people had been reported as having died from the disease in six countries; Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, the United States and Mali "(Ebola: Mapping the Outbreak). It is spread through interaction and human contact such as spit, or a single touch.
Ebola Knocking at Our Doors: Ebola came to America by a man named Thomas Duncan also known as 'the man who brought Ebola to America 'by helping a sick pregnant women in Liberia. No one had prior knowledge to the women having ebola and he ended up contrcting Ebola and became the first American to die from this deadly disease. According to slate , "Duncan had gone from being the victim of a deadly disease to being the wielder of a deadly weapon"(Baden and Moss). This became a controversial issue, that lead many Americans being fearful and taking extra precaution, were the perfect set up for paranoia came to play.
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