Protect Yourself - Ebola's Arrived

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What are viruses?

Viruses are not considered living; they lack metabolisms, cannot move, and cannot reproduce on their own. They are not cellular and lack many of the organelles of the cells that characterize life. Instead, they take over cells so that the cells reproduce copies of the virus for them.

Viruses attach themselves to cells and inject the cell with their genetic material. Their DNA takes over, compelling the cell to make more copies of the virus. The new viruses burst out of the cell, killing it, and go to search for new cells to infect.

Ebola

Ebola is a disease characterized by symptoms such as body aches, severe bleeding, and organ failure. Because it is not an airborne virus, it is transmitted through contact with bodily fluids. According to the WHO, Ebola has a 70% fatality rate.

There are currently no completely effective treatments for Ebola; only experimental drugs.


Keep in mind that Ebola is not an airborne virus - in fact, it is less contagious than many other viruses like Influenza. You can keep yourself from contracting Ebola by staying far away from infected victims and avoiding contact with bodily fluids. Health care workers should use the right equipment and properly sanitize their tools and instruments. They should also properly dispose of a victim's wastes.


For more information, check out

www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/

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