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The current Ebola outbreak is the worst yet. Here’s what you need to know.

Across the globe, mere mention of Ebola strikes fear in the hearts of people. With the worst outbreak since the virus first appeared in 1976, Ebola is sprinting across parts of Central and West Africa at a frightening pace. What you see and hear on the news is tragic and frightening: hundreds have been infected and nearly half have died.

Many questions surround an epidemic like this. How do you become infected? What are the symptoms? Can it be treated? Could it spread to other countries? Get the answers here.

Transmitted Danger

There are five types of the Ebola virus, but only four infect humans. The virus naturally originates in fruit bats, which infect other rain forest animals such as chimpanzees, gorillas, monkeys, antelope, and porcupines.

Humans become infected from contact with the blood or body fluids of an infected animal and then spread it to other humans through direct contact of body fluids through mucous membranes or cuts in the skin. People caring for the sick or those who bury the dead are very susceptible to the virus and must follow strict precautions.

Thankfully, the virus isn’t as contagious as other viruses like colds, the flu, or measles. You can’t get the virus from the air, water, or food, and a person isn’t contagious unless he or she has symptoms of the virus.

Symptomatic Danger

It takes between 2 and 21 days for symptoms of Ebola to show after exposure to the virus. At first you may feel like you’re coming down with the flu. A fever sets in and you experience weakness, headache, sore throat, and muscle pain. Then the vomiting, diarrhea, and rash develop. Next, your kidneys, liver, and immune system may begin to fail and the cells in the body responsible for blood clotting decrease to the point the body bruises easily and severe internal and external bleeding develop. This is why the virus is also called Ebola hemorrhagic fever.

Since the symptoms of Ebola often appear similar to other diseases like cholera, meningitis, or malaria, it’s not always easy to diagnose by mere outward symptoms. Diagnosis of Ebola is made possible through several types of blood and tissue tests performed using the maximum biohazard precautions.

A person who heals from Ebola and tests negative for the virus will no longer be able to spread the virus, but it can take up to three months for the virus to completely leave the body.

Treating the Danger

The first step in treatment is isolation to prevent spread of the virus. As of yet, there’s no cure or vaccine for Ebola, but scientists are working on developing one. An experimental serum is currently used to kill the infected cells. The earlier Ebola is diagnosed, the greater the chance for successful treatment.

While a definitive cure is still being researched, symptoms are managed through fluids, electrolytes, oxygen, blood transfusions, and blood pressure medication. Additional infections are treated if necessary.

Safe from Danger?

With the amount of international travel these days, it is possible for the virus to spread outside the walls of Africa. In fact, isolated cases have already shown up in America and Spain. Fortunately, many countries have safety measures in place to contain the virus should it arrive. These measures begin with well-trained airline crews, who are taught how to identify the virus and quarantine an infected passenger.

Until the virus is contained, it is wise to avoid all nonessential travel to the areas in Africa affected by the illness.

All healthcare professionals treating Ebola patients must take extreme safety control measures and wear gloves, eye protection, a facemask, and a gown.



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