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The Ebola virus outbreak: will it come to America?

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The Ebola virus is resurging and infecting hundreds in Africa. At least 1440 cases of the Ebola virus has been either confirmed or suspected and as of July 30th, and has killed 826 people according to the World Health Organization.

The chances of the Ebola virus making an appearance in the United States is a concern to a great many. At least two known individuals who were in direct contact with individuals suffering from the virus in Africa are now infected and have arrived in Atlanta, Georgia for treatment. Physicians here in the US now believe that treating these doctors who are infected with the virus will be treated adequately and it is hoped that the virus will be eradicated from their bodies
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What is the Ebola virus? The Ebola virus is a hemorrhagic fever which is characterized by bleeding and high fever. As a result, the vascular system is damaged but the body becomes so incapacitated it can’t make the correction. Some of the symptoms of the Ebola virus are “fever, headache, joint and muscle aches, sore throat, and weakness, followed by diarrhea, vomiting, and stomach pain. A rash, red eyes, hiccups and internal and external bleeding may also occur.” www.mamashealth.org The Ebola virus can be spread through blood, bodily fluids and contact through items such as a needle previously used on an infected person.

There is no known treatment for Ebola. However, there is supportive treatment like plenty of fluids, rest, adequate oxygen and treatment for other infections according to the WHO.

If an individual becomes ill and you suspect Ebola, chances are it is not “the virus” but is always a good idea to see your doctor and get treatment for whatever the ailment. It is hoped that this virus is contained despite the recent outbreaks and with research it will be eradicated everywhere.

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