Ebola Outbreak

By: Ryan Wheeler and Zac Mears

Brief History

-Main concentration in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia

-15,901 reported cases of Ebola

-5,674 Ebola-caused deaths

-US has 4 reported cases, 1 death

-Fatality rate is 50%

Causes and Prevention

Causes:

-Source: Bats with virus bite animals

-Spread: African tribesman hunt these animals and eat their meat, spreading the virus to humans

-Mass Spread: Human bodily fluid contact of any kind will spread the virus from person to person


Prevention:

-Avoid traveling to West Africa

-Avoid contact with anyone who may have the virus

-Avoid trading bodily fluids and eating raw meat

-Monitor your health if you feel you may have the virus and report fever or headache immediately

Up-to-Date News

-There appears to be no more spread of Ebola in the United States

-The rest of the world outside of Africa has not seen any new cases

-However, Ebola transmission has recently picked up in the "hot zone" of Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia

-Ebola has also recently spread to Mali and Senegal, but appears to have died out

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Hospital Procedures

1. Patients should be questioned and screened for symptoms

2. All nurses and doctors should receive proper training from those experienced with handling Ebola

3. No skin should be exposed

4. Disinfect all items that may have come in contact with the virus (chlorine is commonly used)

5. Isolate and monitor patient at all times

US Government Sanctions

-Governors of New York and New Jersey announced mandatory quarantines for medical workers returning from West Africa

-Governor of Illinois also ordered a 21-day quarantine for high-risk individuals

-Federal, state and local officials are identifying hospitals to be used as Ebola treatment centers

-Government has brought people to US to be treated

Questionnaire

1. Within the past 21 days, have you come in contact with anyone that may have Ebola?

2. Have you recently been to the funeral of an Ebola patient?

3. Were you in contact with monkeys while in West Africa?

4.Have you experienced any of the following symptoms in the past 48 hours- Fever, headache, vomiting, diarrhea, temperature?

5. Are you familiar with the Ebola virus?

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