The Ebola Virus

Recently the Ebola Virus has made its way back into the United States. The U.S. has seen this virus before but was contained before most even knew the threat was close. Ebola needs to be stopped before it becomes an epidemic here. West Africa is currently experiencing this disease that is sweeping the area, which is the biggest one yet. According to the WHO (Worldwide Health Organization), 8,033 people have been affect with this virus and of those 3,879 of them have died.

Symptoms of this virus includes:

  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Muscle pain
  • Headaches
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Eventually liver and kidney functions decrease.

The Ebola virus moves quickly after the first sign of symptoms occur.The CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) reports that the disease is “spread through direct contact” including: urine, saliva, sweat, feces, vomit, and semen.

Thomas Duncan, the first person who became infected with Ebola after traveling to Liberia has died as of Wednesday (oct. 8, 14). CNBC reports, Duncan returned from West Africa and arrived in Dallas on Sep. 20. A few days later on the 25th he checked into a local emergency room after having symptoms and was released shortly after.

CNBC interviewed Dr. Tom Frieden who stated, as of Wednesday(oct. 8), none of the 10 people who came into direct contact with Duncan have symptoms of the virus. The other 38 people who possibly made contact with the now deceased patient haven’t shown symptoms either.

I believe the hospital made a huge mistake releasing Thomas because he did inform them of his recent visit to Liberia. Although, I also understand that the symptoms are related to many other diseases and viruses. Hospitals especially emergency rooms should  not only ask important questions like recent visits to other countries but also have protocols in place when the answers are positive.


One thought on “The Ebola Virus

  1. Your article is very interesting. With Ebola being all over the news lately I have been wondering about the virus and what all of its symptoms were. after looking at its symptoms I noticed a lot of them are pretty common with other sicknesses and diseases. I wonder if people would get the virus and mistake it for something else. also I wondered how the virus compared to other diseases in its fatality rate and how many people contracted them. With it being all over the news i have wondered if the news is going overboard on scaring us or if this is a really bad epidemic.


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