Sunday, August 3, 2014

What is Ebola - Death toll 826 - 1st Infected in USA - 5 Answers about the #EbolaOutbreak

Ebola virus disease (EVD) or Ebola hemorrhagic fever (EHF) is the human disease caused by the Ebola virus. Symptoms typically start two days to three weeks after contracting the virus, with a fever, sore throat, muscle pains, and headaches. Typically nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea follow, along with decreased functioning of the liver and kidneys. A common symptom is uncontrolled bleeding. The disease may be acquired upon contact with blood or bodily fluids of an infected but it is not naturally transmitted through the air. (Edited from WHO)
1. On July 31 2014, WHO (World Health Organiazation) reported the death toll has reached 826 from 1440 cases. 

2. The 2014 Ebola Outbreak or deadly viral hemorrhagic major outbreak started in West Africa. The countries with infected include Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

3. An American doctor (pictured above) infected with Ebola flew from Liberia to Georgia on Saturday. He is the first patient with the deadly virus to be treated on U.S. soil. Dr. Kent Brantly was taken to Atlanta's Emory University Hospital.  Brantly, 33, and fellow missionary Nancy Writebol will be treated in an isolation unit.  They belong to the Christian charity Samaritan's Purse. Brantly's wife, Amber said,  "I spoke with him, and he is glad to be back in the U.S.," in statement. "I am thankful to God for his safe transport and for giving him the strength to walk into the hospital." Brantly's wife visited with him from behind a glass wall for about 45 minutes. Brantly became sick while caring for Ebola patients in Liberia. 
4. There is no FDA-approved treatment for Ebola." Care for the infected includes tracking a patient's symptoms, vital signs and organ function and taking measures, such as blood transfusions and dialysis, to keep patients stable. 

5. An  experimental serum was given to Nancy Writebol (pictured) this week. There's no vaccine, though one is in experimental stage. There's no standard treatment for the disease; doctors try to support organ functions and keep up bodily fluids such as blood and water long enough for the body to fight off the infection. 



History - There have been 27 Outbreaks in different parts of Africa and a few in labs in Russia and the UK. The 1st outbreak occurred in Sudan. The 2014 Outbreak is the largest on record. The percentage of deaths associated with the infected is 90%. 

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