Ebola Allyson Kirkham Ebola is a very dangerous virus in Liberia. In West Africa around 2014 and 2015 Ebola caused a global panic.
Ebola is the deadliest known outbreak in West Africa. In Liberia Ebola killed 11,000 people. Then Ebola came back to West Africa, it killed 13 people and sickened 30 people. “Africa revenge… the ultimate payback for five hundred years of barbarity”( Schulman) Ebola is very common in West Africa.
The Ebola disease was first discovered in 1976, in the Ebola river, since they have discovered it more and more outbreaks of Ebola sickness have appeared.Ebola is a contagious disease. It is not that contagious, but it can spread easy. The disease spreads through kissing, close contact, sharing drinks, etc.
You could get Ebola if the person who has Ebola sneezes or coughs on any person. However, people who have Ebola does not normally sneeze or cough. If someone was in the same room with a person who has the disease, you could not be infected.
Ebola can still be alive in dead bodies. It takes awhile for the disease to die. “We are still investigating. The only thing we have ruled out is… Ebola”(Liberians chief medical officer Francis Kateh). Monkeys, chimpanzees, and gorillas can have Ebola not just humans. The Symptoms of Ebola are headache, fever, weakness, joint and muscle aches, vomiting, abnormal bleeding, diarrhea, lack of appetite and, stomach pain. Symptoms normally appear from 8-10 days after the exposure to the disease. It could happen from around 2-21 days.
The Ebola disease killed more than 11,300 people and infected 28,600 people. Some patients with Ebola virus is really bad which causes bleeding. The patient will probably vomit blood and bleed under the skin, mouth, and or eyes. “Early recognition and identification of patients with potential Ebola virus disease are critical.” (Diversey). The death rate in west africa is up to 90% caused by the Ebola virus.At the F.
J. Grant Memorial Hospital that treats sickend Ebola humans had their first patient. It was an eleven year old girl.
She said that she was suffering from vomiting, diarrhea, mental confusion, and hallucinations. Within an hour that she got there she was dead. “At least one health worker in every district has been trained to monitor and report any suspicious events.” Ian Crozier is an american doctor that had been treated for ebola. He was free from his blood but he wouldn’t know that he has the virus in his eye. Two months later he was back in the hospital complaining that his eye is very light sensitive and there is an mild burning in his eye. The doctors were very stunned to know that the virus is in his eye.
His eye was originally blue but the disease made his eye turn green. The doctors did eye testing on the ebola survivors to make sure that no one had the virus in their eyes.