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The Ebola Infection
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The Ebola Infection

The disease was first discovered in Africa in 1976. It is scientifically caused by virus. This particular virus is an aggressive pathogen that triggers lethal hemorrhage in human beings and primates. Signs and symptoms appear within four to six days of the infection. Death occurs on the second week mainly due to blood loss through severe internal bleeding.

The general symptoms are:

  • Kidney and liver failure
  • Shock
  • Chest pain
  • Fever
  • Vomiting
  • Sore throat
  • Dry cough
  • Red eyes
  • Severe headache and diarrhea
  • Stomach pain
  • Dehydration
  • Rash development
  • Internal and external bleeding
  • Weakness
  • Joint and muscle pain

Once the virus has infected you, they begin to multiply within your body and that is when the above signs and symptoms appear. Ebola spreads through direct contact with the infected person. It may either be through body contact or via other fluids. Its spreads very fast when not contained well. The disease has subtypes such as:

  • Ebola - Sudan
  • Ebola - Zaire
  • Ebola - Ivory Coast
  • Ebola - Uganda
  • And others

Outbreak mortality rate is between fifty to ninety percent. It is one of the deadliest diseases which affect people from the third world countries. Our scientists are yet to find out the animal host of the virus and how it strikes. This has a negative impact on its prevention, diagnosis and treatment. Even though the infection is rare, it is extremely contagious and needs immediate attention at large.

The treatment process involves the patient's oxygen level and pressure being maintained. One is also given a supportive therapy which mainly includes balancing their body fluids to stabilize them. Treatment of other infections the patient may have are normally done at the same time.

If you come across any case of Ebola, make sure you report the matter to relevant authorities. In a situation where the number of people infected seems alarmingly high, the country's concerned government steps in by putting barriers along the borders restricting movement of people into and out of the country. Tests on people traveling across the border to prevent the disease from spreading country to country is a must.

In the health centers, medical tools are thoroughly sterilized and health care workers wear protective clothing like masks, gowns and gloves. These safety measures greatly help in the control of the disease and chances of spreading. Scientists are still working on research towards discovering a way to curb the infection. It is important to note that, once Ebola has an outbreak, the effects would be devastating since it has neither cure nor a licensed vaccine at the moment.


Street Talk

Natanael  

In the mid of 1990's, I heard a lot about this deadliest disease. Somehow, these days I almost never heard about Ebola. Thanks for this good article Geoff.

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  about 9 years ago

I salute you Natanael for your positive comment on my article

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  about 9 years ago

job well done.good article.

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  about 9 years ago

thank you very much Esther for your motivating comment

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  about 9 years ago

Great article info....more people need to know about this terrible disease....i am sure it is a fear in terrorism these days...however it kills people so quickly...I believe that I have read it would not work for these people for that reason alone....I am sorry to hear that they have still not found the animal host for this infectious disease.

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  about 9 years ago

Hey Sister Kaite Please accept my appreciation for your compliment. You have contributed to the encouragement to write more articles on the same issue in the near future.

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  about 9 years ago
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