There have been outbreaks of different illnesses for the past ten years. Just recently, Ebola made a sound for casting the largest outbreak in West Africa. People of different nationalities obviously got alerted for its virulence and casualties. In fact, screening on airports and other entry points has been clearly apparent.
Everyone seems to be working against Ebola. As a citizen, one of the best weapons in your arsenal could be knowledge. So, read these facts on Ebola.
Fact #1: Intense Ebola Outbreak in West Africa
The number of Ebola cases is continually increasing. However, it is West Africa who have garnered the top number of cases which is 6,553 as of September 26, 2014. In the United States, a single case is confirmed. Nonetheless, the former high number of incidence prompted the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to issue travel warnings to affected areas.
Fact #2: It is Caused by Ribonucleic Acid (RNA) Virus
The popular Ebola is caused by RNA virus. It infects animals and humans. If a person came into contact with blood or body fluids, the infection can be acquired.
Fact #3: Manifests Viral Infection Symptoms
Just like any other viral infections, Ebola also has symptoms of fever, headache, body pains, headache, cough, and nausea and vomiting. At this point, early diagnosis cannot be made on Ebola unless it is confirmed by tests for antibodies against Ebola.
Fact #4: Supportive Care for Ebola’s Fatality
Ebola is devastating as it has claimed around 6,500 people. As a matter of fact, Dr. Sheik Umar Khan and Dr. Samuel Brisbane are included in these Ebola cases. The number is remarkably high because of the unavailability of approved cure. Only supportive care is given to the affected individuals even in the later symptom of Ebola which is bleeding. However, there is an ongoing experimental, antibody-based medication called the ZMapp to address Ebola.
Fact #5: No Vaccines Available Yet
Although there have been vaccines that have been tested on animals, still, there is no available vaccines used to protect humans. However, safety testing on humans is ongoing.
The Ebola outbreak is still on track. As it proved to be lethal and with no available vaccine and treatment at hand, everyone should not put their guard down. In view of this, it is important to follow what guidelines have been issued to the public by the government. Stay safe and healthy.