The Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) or more commonly known as Ebola, is a contagious disease of humans, some primates and more commonly fruit bats. The disease is highly contagious and is cause by the ebolavirus. Ebola can be transmitted through blood or other bodily fluids of an infected person or animal. Symptoms range from Fever, Sore throat, Muscle Pain, Headache, Vomiting, Diarrhea, Rash following decreased function of the liver and kidneys. Diagnosis of the virus is determined when blood samples are tested for antibodies, viral RNA, or the virus itself. There is no specific treatment plan for the virus but there are several precautions to take to keep from being infected or spreading the virus. Washing hands, cooking meat properly and wear gloves when handling meat, wear the proper protective gear when dealing with an infected animal and puttimg down the infected animal and disposing of the corpse correctly are some precautions to take. Coming forward of you believe you alor anyone you know have come into contact with the virus as soon ad possible.
There have been 14 known cases of Ebolavirus outside of West Africa, where the virus is said to have started, as of October 08, 2014. Most of those cases are Health and Aid workers who contacted Ebola virus in West Africa and were transported to their home country for treatment.
The result below are of 6 cases in the united states being treated for ebolavirus as of 10/8/14.
Aid worker…Arrived to U.S. August 2… Currently recovered Missionary…Arrived to U.S. August 2…Currently recovered. Doctor…Arrived to U.S. September 5… Currently Recovered Doctor… Arrived to U.S. September 9… Still in treatment Visitor( Thomas E. Dunan) … Arrived to U.S. Sept.30…Died NBC Cameraman… Arrived to U.S October 6… Still in treatment
Ebola Victim Thomas Eric Duncan
So what is the U.S doing to help with the growing epidemic? Well, the CDC and prevention have sent experts to Texas to see if anyone has come into contact with Thomas E. Duncan, who died as a result of the virus on October 8, since he traveled to Dallas while infected. They will use a process called Contact Tracing. Basically if anyone has come into contact with Duncan 21 days before he arrived to Texas, they will be quarantined and a Contact Trace will be done on them and anyone found to be in contact with them , then they will be quarantined and a contactvtrace will be done on them. This process is repeated until they have isolated all persons exposed. On a bigger level, all people coming to America from West Africa, or other countries striven with the virus will have their fever checked. Most of these people would be coming in within these 5 main airports; Kennedy International, Washington Dulles International, O’Hare International, Hartsfield-Jackson International, and Newark Liberty International. The Food and Drug Administration has not approved any drug, or vaccine to treat, prevent, or cure the ebolavirus. An experimental drug that has not been proven called ZMapp might help infected patients, but there are limited quantities of the experimental drug.
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Works Cited: Wikipedia.org; Nytimes.com; us a today.com