(noun) An infectious, contagious, and deadly virus.

The topic that's all over the news!

Ebola. It is an extremely deadly virus that is having an outbreak. It's all over the news! It's spreading through out West Africa, and now we're bringing some patients to the U.S. to be treated. You are going to learn how the world is handling the virus, how it's effecting America, and the symptoms/what Ebola does to your body.

How is the world handling Ebola?

Scientists, doctors, and experts/researchers are working to stop or at least slow down the spread of Ebola. They are trying to protect America and the rest of the world from Ebola. Barack Obama's administration wants to send more then $6 billion to help fight against Ebola. It costs a lot of money to be treated, and the world is trying to gain money so we can help patients suffering with Ebola.

How is Ebola effecting America?

There have been few Americans infected with Ebola. Most of them survived and are in good health condition. Some American patients are

  • Nina Pham (Dallas nurse who survived)
  • Doctor Craig Spencer (Survived)
  • Thomas Eric Duncan (Who was treated and Dallas, but didn't survive.)

America is helping to stop the spread. We have sent a couple Ebola patients to America to have treatment. Ebola has Americans worried and scared, but America is safe. Some Americans think Ebola will spread in the U.S., but I don't think it will spread in America because we are a rich country. We have great technology and medical care, so Ebola patients will should get good treatment.

What does Ebola do to your body/ What are the symptoms?

Some of the symptoms are-

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Chills
  • Trouble breathing & swallowing
  • Sore throat
  • Aches
  • Rash
  • Red eyes
  • Lost of appetite

If it gets worse then here's what can happen-

  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • A lot of uncontrollable bleeding internally

You cannot spread Ebola if you haven't had any symptoms. Humans and animals can be infected with Ebola, animals like moneys and gorillas. If you are infected with Ebola there is a 50-90% kill rate, and you can die within 8-17 days.

Ebola may be extremely deadly and infectious, but the good news is that it's difficult to spread. Ebola does not spread through air, It spreads through contact with lots of body fluids.


I hope I taught you more about Ebola. You should have learned about the symptoms and how it is effecting the world including America. Remember that Ebola may be infectious but it isn't easy to spread so you don't have to worry. I think that one day scientists or doctors will find a cure for Ebola and end the spread.


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