Ebola

Hallela Hinton-Williams

Ebola hemorrhagic fever or simply Ebola is a disease caused by one of the Ebola strains.  The first case reported was 1976 in simultaneous outbreaks; one in the Sudan and Nzara and the other in Yumbuku by the Ebola river, where the name originated.  The incubation period of Ebola can be between two to twenty-one days.  This disease is very dangerous and starts with flu-like symptoms.  Overtime, the symptoms increase and include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, red eyes, a raised rash, chest pain, coughing, stomach pain, severe weight loss, bruising, and bleeding from the eyes.  There is a 50% death rate of patients who have Ebola.

Recently, Ebola has broken out in Africa, threatening mass amounts of people. The World Health Organization currently states that the current outbreak in Africa is the most complex and largest outbreak to date. Nurses and doctors that have gone to Africa to treat Ebola patients have been tested for the disease upon their returns home.  The most severely affected countries are Guinea, Sienna Leone, and Liberia.  This is due to the poor health conditions and lack of proper living conditions.

Recently, it was found that a man from Africa who traveled to the United States contracted the disease. Naturally, this  sparked nationwide panic and everyone who had contact with this man was tested for Ebola symptoms.  As a result form the testing 100% of people tested were found to be Ebola-free.  Sadly, the man died soon after. There are other cases of Ebola in the United States, but there is no widespread epidemic.

Ebola has been in an out of the news for years and probably will not stop. Ebola is dangerous, the threat right now is idle and will probably stay that way.