Ebola Blog

Ebola is a very vicious disease that causes deaths all around the world. Some of the signs may be very high fever or internal bleeding. Body fluids contact is one way to spread Ebola. Ebola can also cause organ failure which often leads to death. It has now spread to four genetic lineages and continues to spread all over the world. The odd thing is that it is not becoming more deadly.  Ebola is officially known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever, which is a severe disease caused by the Ebola virus that was first found in Africa in 1976. 90% of the people who are infected die from it. African countries like the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Sudan, the Ivory Coast, Uganda and the Republic of the Congo, and now Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, and now the US has been affected by the virus.

There is no known origin for the Ebola virus, but, scientists do believe humans are not the natural hosts of this virus. Studies say bats may become infected with the disease but still survive with no systems. There are believed to be four different strands of the Ebola virus. The first case of was revealed in Sudan and Zaire in 1976, named Ebola-Sudan. The second case was reported in Yambuku, Zaire, otherwise known as Ebola-Zaire, which was the most deadly of the four. The third strand was called Ebola Reston, EBOR emerged in 1989 when monkeys who were infected got imported into Reston, Virginia, from Mindanao in the Philippines. Finally, Ebola Cote d’Ivoire was found in 1994 when a ethologist performed surgery on a dead chimpanzee and got infected.

Hospitals need to stay protected from the Ebola virus and in doing so need to have safe and secure rooms for incoming Ebola patients. These rooms are called isolation rooms and are made to help prevent the spread of the virus when they have patients with the virus. Doctors and patients are provided with special protectant wear to help stop spread and receive the virus. Specialized body bags are provided for the deceased to prevent any accidental spread. Ebola has not had a cure yet but people everywhere are doing all they can to prevent the spread of this virus.

There has not yet been a cure for Ebola but many patients can survive now with the help of well-trained doctors. The disease has been around for hundreds of years but just recently had a huge impact on the world. Research continues on cases around the world.

How many cases do you think have been recorded in the U.S?

Where do you think Ebola originated from?

Do you think we will find a cure for Ebola?

6 thoughts on “Ebola Blog

  1. Ebola was first noticed in the Congo around the year 1976, but scientists don’t know where Ebola originated. It was first seen in an outbreak killing 280 people, and infecting 318. This means there is a very low chance of survival. Although doctors can offer supportive therapy, there is no known treatment. Because scientist don’t know where Ebola originated, they have a harder time finding a cure. Scientists believe the virus is spread by animals.

  2. Ebola virus disease, formerly known as Ebola haemorrhagic fever, is a severe, often fatal illness in humans. The virus is transmitted to people from wild animals and spreads in the human population through human-to-human transmission. The average EVD case fatality rate is around 50%. Case fatality rates have varied from 25% to 90% in past outbreaks. The first Ebola outbreaks occurred in remote villages in Central Africa, near tropical rainforests, but the most recent outbreak in West Africa has involved major urban as well as rural areas. http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs103/en/

  3. I think Ebola first originated in Sudan, Africa. Currently there is no known cure for Ebola, that means that if you become infected you will die. However there is a vaccine to help prevent catching the virus. On the article i read it was said that Ebola has made an appearance in bats in Central Africa. The same genetic sequence was found in the blood that carried Ebola, this was found in humans too.

  4. The virus is very dangerous and it leads to death from 50 to 90 percent of the victim. It broke out many years ago but recently it was a big break out occurred in 2014-15. 28,600 people were infected and 11,300 people died due to this virus by January of 2016. To control this virus scientists estimated and about 1 billion was needed to stop the outbreak.About the treatment there haven’t been known treatment on ebola.Ebola originated from the Congo.
    I got my information from: http://school.eb.com/levels/high/article/2205

  5. It seems like the outbreak came from bats. I read that three species of fruit bats have the virus and are in the area but scientists can’t prove that there is an epidemic from bats for sure. They think that the disease might have spread to humans through eating bats. They think that the preparing and butchering of the bats might’ve spread it to humans since when they are cooked the disease would go away. I got my information from http://www.livescience.com/47946-where-did-ebola-come-from.html

  6. Ebola was first found in the Congo therefore it must have originated somewhere close to that in the central heart of Africa. There is no known cure for Ebola but there are ways to treat it. I believe at the rate medicine is advancing and the scientists conducting research there will eventually be a cure. In the article I have read they mention how blood and plasma transfusions to control bleeding. There are drugs to help disrupt the virus but they have to be administered extremely quickly after the time of infection to achieve full results. However there is a vaccine known as VSV-EBOV that they found to prevent the spread of Ebola among people who have contact with people who have been infected. My information comes from here: http://school.eb.com/levels/high/article/2205

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