Ebola Epidemic

a disease sweeping the nation

What is Ebola?

Ebola hemorrhagic fever is a highly deadly and highly contagious disease that is extremely rare. Despite the rarity of the disease there was a recent out break of the deadly virus in 2014. This disease is spread through blood and contact with other bodily fluids. This disease was originally found within the Congo, the disease is believed to be originating from bats. (CITE)
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(Photograph: Timm Schamberger/Getty Images) This is a photograph that shows the extensive safety precautions when dealing with a disease of this deadliness. In this photograph a volunteer doctor is removing his "isolation suit" after his training with the german Red Cross.

The First of Many

The first known person to die of Ebola in the United States was Thomas Duncan. ("Ebola Virus" 2014) Recently, before being diagnosed Duncan was in his home town of Monrovia, Liberia, which is where he contracted the disease. He contracted the disease when he and others had rushed over to helped a pregnant woman after she collapsed. It was not known that the woman had Ebola but it became clear once both of the pregnant woman's parents tested positive for ebola as well as another woman that rushed to help her. ("Back in Liberia Ebola is Killing Thomas Duncan's Neighbors" paragraph 15)
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Other Info on the Ebola Virus

Where- First breakout in 2014 started in Africa and was carried into the United States

When- the virus dates back to hundreds of years but was only just recognized in 1976 as the Ebola Virus (CDC.gov)

How did it occur- The disease was brought over to the United States unknowingly by citizens who had recently visited West Africa

How does Ebola relate to Arthur Miller's The Crucible

In The Crucible Arthur Miller focuses a lot of attention to the societal turmoil that breaks out when the witch trials commence. In a similar manor to The Crucible, when the outbreak of Ebola occurred the United States was frantic with disbelief.

"I say-I say- God is dead!" (Miller, 1094) This is a quote from John Proctor when he officially gave up hope. Because of the fact that his wife had denied his affair and he was accused by Abigail there was nothing that could save him from hanging at that point in the play. In The Crucible those who are accused lose hope because they know that unless there is a fool proof way to prove their innocence they will be hung for witchcraft. There was no way of saving them because the people of salem were so scared of witchcraft they would do anything and everything to stop it, including hanging innocent people.

"I saw George Jacobs with the devil! I saw Goody Howe with the devil!" (Miller, 1046) This shows the turning point in where the girls start blaming others because they realize their wrongdoings. This is when the community starts falling apart and turning on each other. This naming caused the town to erupt in madness, people were being hanged for merely being in the wrong place at the wrong time. People refused to believe the innocence of others because they were scared.

"I falter nothing, but I may wonder if my story will be credited in such a court. I do wonder on it, when such a steady-minded minister as you will suspicion such a woman that never lied, and cannot, and the world knows she cannot! I may falter somewhat, Mister; I am no fool" (Miller, 1063) This shows the faultiness of the court system in Salem. The court worked to please the people instead of for justice, this is why so many innocent people died.

In The Crucible once the word of witchcraft was out, everyone was a witch. This is similar to Ebola because every sick person was questioned to the fullest extent to make sure they did not have this deadly virus. Once you are diagnosed with Ebola there is little to no way that you can be treated. This is the same with witchery in Salem, once you are accused there is little you can do except confess to save yourself.

(picture from http://criticsandbuilders.typepad.com) I chose this photo because it resembled the same harshness Salem had towards witchcraft as Ebola had on the United States. These are similar because once you are accused of witchcraft in Salem there is no way out even if you confess there is a chance you would get hanged, with Ebola once you are diagnosed it is usually too late and if you do know you have it it is very hard to get rid of.

Works Cited

"About Ebola Virus Disease." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 3 Oct. 2014. Web. 9 Dec. 2014. <http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/about.html>.

"Ebola Virus." Web. 9 Dec. 2014.


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