The Affects of Ebola in Liberia

By: Gabrielle Woelffer & Tristin Collins


The Ebola outbreak has infected many people in Africa. More than 23,200 people in Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal and Sierra Leone have be infected with Ebola since March. According to the World Health Organization this infection has made it the biggest outbreak on record. Guinea has 2,374 deaths, Liberia has 4,573 deaths, Sierra Leone has 3,895 deaths making a grand total of 10,842. The first discovery of Ebola was in 1976, and the recent outbreak started in April 2014.

Symptoms of Ebola

  • Fever
  • Severe Headache
  • Muscle Pain
  • Weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Stomach Pain
  • Unexplained Hemorrhage ( Bleeding or Bruising)

Sign Of symptoms can appear anywhere from 2 to 21 days after exposure to Ebola.

Medical Help

With the lack of medical help in Africa has led to the increasing amount of infection. Many people are being turned away from hospitals because of the lack of beds and treatment. The government is not taking action in order to stop the spread of this deadly infection. The US has stepped up and had a mission group of 3,000 strong Americans come and built up to 17 treatment centers with a total of 1,700 beds. While in Africa they trained around 500 health workers a week. Showing them how to keep everything clean.

Handshakes are their way of life

Handshakes, they are well know around the world and it’s a common treating method. In Liberia handshakes is a whole other meaning it’s there way of life. In other countries people walk by and say “Hello” or they don't say anything at all, but in West Africa the normal thing to do is stop, reach out one hand, or sometimes two and firmly embrace the hand shake. Everyone in Africa shakes ones hand even little kids. Due to the outbreak of Ebola has affected everyone, and everywhere in the region. The most common handshake in Liberia is the “Liberian finger snap” it’s no painful but is rather tricky to master. The finger snap involves clasping hands in the normal way. But as the hands are about to release each other the partner clicks the fingers of the other. This produces two loud snapping sounds. The louder the snap the stronger your friendship was.