Infectious Diseases - Ebola

By: Lailah Turner


This article was made to inform you (the reader) about Ebola. Ebola is an infectious disease, that is a very dangerous parasite, feeding off of the human body. I will be writing about the causes and effects of Ebola, and the prevention of it. We will go into detail about the symptoms, treatment and even the transmission of the disease. Also what is the Prognosis for our future?


There are many symptoms of Ebola that may or may not be visible. Here they are...

  • Pain in abdomen, chest, joints and muscles
  • Diarrhea
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • vomiting blood
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
These are only some of them. These symptoms and this virus over all attack your immune system.


Researchers do not yet know the direct cause of Ebola. However they do suspect it could be caused by infected animals in Africa.


This disease can be spread by direct contact(through broken skin or mucous membranes. For example(the eyes, the nose or the mouth). This disease can also be spread through blood or bodily fluid from a person that have Ebola.For example Ebola can be transmitted through urine, saliva , sweat, vomit and semen. It can be spread by the sharing of needles and syringes. It can be spread through infected fruit bats or primates. It can also be spread by contact with semen from a man who has recovered from Ebola (for example, by having oral, vaginal, or anal sex).

Epidemiology (History of the disease)-

Ebola was discovered in 1907, but most researchers believe that Ebola was around for much longer than when they first discovered. Ebola is named after the Ebola river near Yambuku, the Democratic Republic of Congo. Africa was the first place that they found the first case of Ebola in a patient. Ebola hemorrhagic fever, the disease caused by Ebola virus, can kill up to nine out of every ten people infected with it. Ebola mainly attacks health care workers and family members treating infected patients.


The treatment includes Providing intravenous fluids (IV) and balancing electrolytes (body salts),Maintaining oxygen status and blood pressure and Treating other infections if they occur is an important part of the treatment process .

Prognosis for the Future-

I believe that in the future there will not be as many cases of Ebola. I think this because as of now they have a treatment that seems to be working for the majority of infected patients.
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