Ebola - Green Monkey Virus Essay

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Areas infected with Ebola, 2009 – 2012 N N = Areas infected with Ebola = Areas infected with Ebola Causes and Symptoms Ebola, also known as the green monkey virus, is a severe disease which scientists believe to be animal-borne, although the host animal is yet to be identified. The Ebola virus cannot be prevented as there is no vaccine, and once caught cannot be cured as there is no known treatment. Ebola is not an air born virus, but is most commonly spread through the contact of infected body fluids, for example breathing in mucous articles which an infected person has sneezed out, or using the same needle as an infected person. When a person becomes infected with Ebola virus, the virus begins to multiply within the body, the incubation period for Ebola is 2 to 21 days. Symptoms include: Fever, sore throat, weakness, severe headaches, joint and muscle aches, diarrhoea, vomiting, dehydration, a dry and hacking cough and stomach pains. A rash, red eyes, hiccups, and internal and external bleeding may also be seen in some patients. Death usually occurs during the second week of Ebola symptoms, usually caused by massive blood loss. Ebola outbreak kills 15 in eastern Congo GOMA, Congo (AP) — An outbreak of the Ebola virus has killed 15 people in northeastern Congo and the local communities are quickly learning how frighteningly deadly the disease is, and how to prevent its spread. "Ebola entered my house and I did not know what it was," said Gabriel Libina Alandato, who survived the hemorrhagic fever. "My three daughters and their mother died in August, but it is only when I was taken to the quarantine center that I learned about the disease." Health officials say the population lacks knowledge of Ebola and must learn that the tradition of washing of corpses before funerals spreads the epidemic. Although it is the ninth Ebola epidemic in Congo, it is

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