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Ebola Virus continues to spread throughout Africa

Deadly Ebola virus
Deadly virus

The stories surrounding the toll that the deadly Ebola Virus has taken on Africa are heart breaking and the fatalities continue to rise. Can you imagine the horror of watching helplessly as a loved one dies due to a devastating virus with no cure? Once the Ebola Virus is full blown death can occur quickly. The death count is rising so swiftly that funeral parties cannot keep up with demands. The lives of men, women and children are being lost daily. The victims of Ebola depend on a healthcare system that is both short of protective equipment and workers.

According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control), the true numbers of the dead are unknown. In a desperate attempt to contain the virus, quarantines are in place to detain the infected. Shortages of food and care contribute to the low survival rate. Those that test positive for Ebola are often shunned by neighbors and left alone to die for fear of contracting the illness.

It is estimated that more than 3,000 people have been infected by Ebola in Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Nigeria since the first documented cases in December, according to the World Health Organization. At least 1,552 have died.

Travel precautions are in force for the regions of Africa that have reported cases of the Virus and the CDC has warned that the disease is capable of spreading to the United States.

Symptoms of the virus include fever, diarrhea, headache, nausea, rash and bleeding from the mouth, eyes and rectum. Quick detection of Ebola can be the key to survival. Early Signs of the disease are a rash and fever.

As of yet, there is no cure for the Ebola Virus, although researchers are working on a vaccine. Re-hydration and intravenous fluids are the only treatments available.

Bats are a popular source of food in African and are thought to be the carriers of the disease. Ebola was first discovered in the Congo and has re-surfaced periodically throughout the years. It carries a 50 to 90 percent fatality rate. Males that survive the virus may be able to transmit it sexually for nearly two months.

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