What is Ebola?

By: Jonathan S.

The man laid softly on the large bed with tall men and women with yellow protective gear surrounding him. Some people these days are not taking any concern to all the dangerous diseases around us, such as ebola. Ebola is becoming more and more threatening as it spreads around the world.

Ebola is a contagious disease that can cause many deadly symptoms such as fever, headache, diarrhea, vomiting, and massive internal bleeding. Sadly, about eighty to ninety percent of all people infected die. Although there isnt an actual cure for the virus yet, and no time to make one, doctors used an experimental drug on a patient and there was a slight sign of recovery. That could show hope for a cure... finally!

The ebola virus has been around for a long time, but its never been as bad as it is now. This virus was most likely spread through some kind of animal in Africa where it was originated. The animal probably got it from eating or drinking something and the spread it to humans through their meat. Although, the reason ebola has come to America was because a man who flew from Africa to Texas had it without knowing he had the virus. Who knows how many people could have gotten it from the plane and the airport! And even when he went to the hospital, the nurses and doctors had no idea that his sickness was ebola. It can spread through any body fluid so if a doctor used tools on him to see what he had, they could get it. That's why these days, if you want to go to the doctors office you have to sign papers asking if you have any symptoms of ebola.

If you go to a public school, you have probably heard at least one person make a joke with ebola in it. What they don't realize is that this is a very serious topic. It is something that kills some people, and it could also surely wipe out a fraction of our population. We can all be careful by washing our hands, and staying away from anyone who is constantly coughing and sneezing.

This sickness is getting bad, so what are we doing with all the patients with it? Well, there really isn't much we can do with a deadly disease besides quarantine. All ebola patients, even the ones in Africa, are being isolated from the environment as best as possible so no one will get it.

Ebola is something to take seriously, for if you do, you could help save lives. Remember to be safe, and to stay clean. Maybe one day you can find the cure to ebola.




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