The Ebola virus gets its name from the Ebola River which is the location of the first outbreaks in the mid 70s. It’s being called a crisis today because of the sheer number of deaths the latest outbreak has caused.
Experts told us not to worry, that there’s virtually no chance the outbreak will spread to other countries. Perhaps what they meant was no other countries will face the epidemic like the one being experienced in its country of origin.
But these same experts said the same thing about other epidemics and yet they spread from their country of origin. It only takes one person infected to spread the infection to countless others.
The current outbreak of Ebola, the worst ever recorded, has killed 3,879 people out of 8,033 cases as of Oct. 5, according to a report from the World Health Organization. The situation in the most heavily affected countries—Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone—”continues to deteriorate,” the WHO report said.
The U.S. experienced it’s first official Ebola death on October 8, 2014 with the death of Thomas Eric Duncan in Dallas Texas.
Many serious outbreaks, including Ebola can spread like wildfire. Imagine a theater full of people. One of them is infected with Ebola but doesn’t know it yet. He coughs and his droplets hang on the air and then are inhaled by the man in front of him who opens his mouth to laugh at a funny scene in the movie. Just like that, a pandemic is born.
You need to educate yourself about the Ebola virus so that you can protect yourself and your family. That’s how you win the battle against anything – with the knowledge you need to keep yourself as safe as possible.
There are actually five different kinds of the Ebola virus. Many people don’t have a lot of knowledge about it. What they mostly know is that it can cause bleeding to come from an infected person.
Someone can get infected with the virus and it can take anywhere from 48 hours to three weeks before you notice any symptoms – and every case is unique. So that means that person can go about their normal activities spreading it to more people, not even knowing that he or she is carrying such a deadly virus.