Ebola Disease Research

Rebekah, Sarah, Rebecca

What Is Ebola?

Ebola is a deadly virus that is most prevalent in West Africa (Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria). In these places the people are not medically advanced or educated on the virus making them prone for infection. Usually what would have to be done would be the person infected would be isolated and because the people didn't know this they virus spread rapidly. A person who comes in contact with any bodily fluids of an infected person would get the virus and go through torture from bleeding internally and externally. Ebola spread through contact with bodily fluids. After someone has been infected, they can in turn infect many others, and those people can continue to infect others making it extremely easy for a large population to be infected.

Prevention

To prevent being infected with Ebola you need to practice careful hygiene (wash hands with soap and water regularly), Avoid any contact with people or bodily fluids, don't handle any items that have been in contact with or near a person infected, avoid funerals of the dead who were infected with Ebola, avoid contact with bats and any non-human primates including bodily fluids and raw meat of those animals, avoid Ebola treatment facilities, if traveling to an area monitor your health for 21 days after departing.

Specifically for travel workers wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), practice proper infection control and sterilization measures, isolate patients with Ebola from other patients, avoid contact with bodies who have died from ebola, notify health officials if you have had contact with anyone who has had ebola.

Cures

There is currently not an FDA approved vaccine that is able to treat all of the portions of Ebola. When ever a patient is admitted with Ebola, the doctors treat the symptoms as they appear. They provide those infected with IV's, which balance electrolytes, doctors help maintain oxygen, blood status, and help treat infections as they come up. Although there is no cure those who survived Ebola develop an antibody that can last up to 10 years. The only people that are safe from infection are those who haven’t come in contact with an infected person. Ebola can spread all over the world, meaning that no group of people are safe.

Table Data Points

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Graph of data points showing exponential growth

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Exponential regression line

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Exponential Regression Lines/Equations

Predicitions

In 5 years the populous infected will be 2,353.31

  • y=127(1+0.793)^5
  • y=127(18.53)
  • y=2,353.31

In 10 years the populous infected will be 43,611.8

  • y=127(1+.793)^10
  • y=127(343.40)
  • y=43,611.8

In 50 years the populous infected will be 606,482,395,600,000

  • y=127(1+.793)^50
  • y=127(4,775,451,934,000)
  • y=606,482,395,600,000

Rate of cases

79.3%

Calculations

It will Double in 1.18 months

  • 254= 127(1+0.793)^x

It will Triple in 1.88 months

  • 381- 127(1+0.793)^x

It will Quadrouple in 2.37 months

  • 508= 127(1+0.793)^x