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.
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