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Ebola virus outbreak: CDC investigative team sent to Guinea

A team containing five people left for Guinea over the weekend to investigate the Ebola virus outbreak. The virus is spreading westward, outside of central Africa and has communities and medical authorities worried since and want to learn more about the viral pathogens contained in this communicable virus.

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Fox News reported on April 2 that the team was sent specifically to learn more about the Ebola virus. They specifically want to be educated on the origins of the virus as well as being able to monitor those who have contracted the virus and identify all those who have been exposed to it so they can trace it back to prevent further spreading of this deadly virus.

This virus is so severe that there are no vaccines to prevent it or lessen the symptoms or shorten its length. There have currently been 80 deaths related to Ebola to date from 122 reported cases. The virus is spread through bodily fluids and can be passed from animal-to-person as well as person-to-person.

Symptoms of Ebola are:

  • Chest pains
  • Death
  • Diarrhea
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Headaches sore throat
  • Hiccups
  • High fever
  • Rash
  • Red eyes
  • Severe muscular pain
  • Uncontrollable bleeding
  • Vomiting

Anyone who is experiencing any of these symptoms is urged to seek medical attention immediately. Physicians are taking extra precautions to protect themselves as they try and treat those infected by wearing gloves and using disinfectants as well as other medically known measures to ensure they don’t contract the virus or spread it to other patients in their charge.

The World Health Organization (WHO) in Guinea requested the CDC step in to investigate the Ebola outbreak not just in Guinea but also the surrounding areas of Sierra Leone and Liberia.

Hopefully the CDC will learn more about Ebola and be able to better educate the public to prevent further spreading or the virus and save lives too!

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