Ebola Outbreak – Doctors Racing Against Time To Contain The Illness
An outbreak of Ebola in three African nations has many people worried that the United States could be struck by disease if the outbreak is not contained. As International Humanitarian Organizations struggle to provide aid whilst protecting their employees and volunteers from contracting the illness, many are wondering what exactly the next step is in containing and combatting the outbreak among the populations of Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia. The latest stats, via the Centers for Disease Control, report that there have been over 700 fatalities – With over 1,000 known cases of the illness.
Recently the CDC issued a “Warning Level 3” concerning the affected nations, stating: “CDC urges all US residents to avoid nonessential travel to Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia because of an unprecedented outbreak of Ebola.” The latest statistics also uncover that at least three Americans have contracted the illness, with two of them being transported to the United States for treatment. In terms of the specifics, symptoms, and description of the Ebola virus itself, the CDC has stated: “Ebola virus disease (also known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever) is a rare and deadly disease. The disease is native to several African countries and is caused by infection with one of the Ebola viruses (Ebola, Sudan, Bundibugyo, or Taï Forest virus). It is spread by direct contact with a sick person’s blood or body fluids. It is also spread by contact with contaminated objects or infected animals. Symptoms include fever, headache, joint and muscle aches, sore throat, and weakness, followed by diarrhea, vomiting, and stomach pain. Skin rash, red eyes, and internal and external bleeding may be seen in some patients.”
With the illness continuing to spread, healthcare workers, aid organizations, and the individual governments of the affected nations are attempting to isolate the situation, with Liberia going so far as to close portions of its border in hopes of containing the illness and preventing it from spreading to nearby nations. Knowing that Ebola is NOT an air born-contagious illness helps to prevent the type of “Walking Dead” fear mentality. We pray for those affected and the workers, doctors, nurses, and government officials who are dedicating their time to the containment of this outbreak. Recent reports also indicate that a possible vaccine for the virus will begin human-oriented trials in September.