Battling the Ebola Outbreak

Battling the Ebola Outbreak

Ebola virus, molecular model – SP4493
The World Health Organization is attempting to contain an outbreak of Ebola which is “out of control” in regions of west Africa.  The outbreak, which experts believe may have started in February in southeast Guinea, has killed 468 of its 763 infected hosts.  The virus has since spread to neighboring parts of Liberia and Sierra Leone, mostly due to the high volume of commercial and social activity across the border.  WHO has begun gathering health officials from 11 countries in the region in an attempt to better educate the public about the virus and contain the outbreak as much as possible.

Ebola hemorrhagic fever (EHF) is a disease caused by the Ebola virus after close contact with contaminated blood or body fluids.  Patients develop a fever, sore throat, muscle pains, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and decreased liver and kidney function.  Eventually patients can develop severe internal bleeding, with an estimated 90% mortality rate.  There is no known cure or vaccine available to combat the virus, and the current situation in west Africa is seen as the largest outbreak in recorded history.

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