Global Ebola Scare Continues

Posted on November 19, 2014 by

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What is Ebola? Ebola was first discovered in the regional parts of West Africa. It’s a deadly disease that is not airborne, so you cannot contract it unless you come in contact with the saliva, urine, or vomit of someone who already has it. You are more likely to catch the flu than to contract Ebola.

The symptoms can appear nine to twenty-one days after exposure. There have been multiple cases of Ebola found in America. On 23 October 2014, there was a case found at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. It was a man who returned to New York from Guinea.

Another case was found on 15 October 2014. A healthcare worker at Texas Presbyterian Hospital who helped treat Ebola patients tested positive.

The Ebola virus has already killed over 700 people in Africa, where countries don’t have the necessary hospital support, as the U.S. does. The decision that was made to bring Ebola patients over to the U.S was the idea from two charities, Serving in Mission (SIM) and Samaritan’s Purse.

There are many ways you can protect yourself against Ebola. Washing your hands frequently, avoiding contact with any body fluids from other people, especially if they are sick.  People should avoid touching animals, such as bats, or nonhuman primates. Try to avoid leaving the country to places around Africa, and, if traveling, be very cautious of symptoms and people around you.

Nurse Kaci Hickox risked her life to help treat Ebola patients. Although she did not test positive for Ebola,her town’s people have a hatred for letting her out of quarantine and back to her home town. She even lives far from town and doesn’t live close to anyone.

On 28 September, Thomas Duncan went to the hospital for a fever but didn’t receive the same treatment as other patients. Later, Thomas Duncan was rushed back to the hospital, but he died on his way on 28 September 2014.

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