Ebola is a highly contagious virus that is spreading throughout West Africa. Health authorities have deemed this viral disease as a high risk and top alert for the area. The virus is so contagious you can contract it just by touching one who is infected. Health officials are taking every precaution and wearing bio-hazard suits in order to treat their patients.
In an updated health story on March 27 from CNN News it has been reported that this lethal virus has taken sixty-two lives in less than two months. There have been reports of at least eighty-six people already infected by Ebola in Guinea, the capital city of Conakey as well as three neighboring towns and may have also spread to Liberia and Sierra Leone.
"In Guinea, a country with a weak medical infrastructure, an outbreak like this can be devastating," the UNICEF representative in Guinea, Dr. Mohamed Ag Ayoya, said in a statement.
Symptoms of Ebola are:
- Chest pains
- Difficulty breathing
- Difficulty swallowing
- Headaches sore throat
- High fever
- Red eyes
- Severe muscular pain
- Uncontrollable bleeding
There is currently no vaccine against Ebola and it can kill up to ninety percent of the people infected causing much terror within the communities. The symptoms can appear within two to twenty-one days after contracting the infection.
This is the first time an Ebola outbreak has struck West Africa since 1976 where it was first discovered in the Democratic Republic of Congo which was formerly called Zaire and another in Sudan. This virus was named after the Ebola River and there are five known strains of this virus which have been associated with major outbreaks of hemorrhagic fever in Africa. There have been documented cases of humans falling ill after contact with dead or ill chimpanzees, gorillas, fruit bats, monkeys, forest antelope and porcupines. The CDC estimates there have been more than 1,800 cases of Ebola and more than 1,300 deaths overall.
If you are thinking about or have plans to visit West Africa you might just want to postpone that trip for your own health and well being!
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