A Chronicle Of The World 's Deadliest Potential Pandemic Essay

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A Chronicle of the World’s Deadliest Potential Pandemic
Ebola has had a relatively short, although violent, history. It is a disease that has initial symptoms which are closely related to a common cold that make it extremely difficult to determine if a person has Ebola. It originated in 1976 in Central Africa as an outbreak in Zaire, which is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The disease is one of the deadliest infectious diseases ever known to man, with a mortality rate average over 50% for all five strains: Zaire, Bundibugyo, Sudan, Reston and Taï Forest (“Ebola virus disease”).
1976 was the first documented outbreak of the disease, and also brought the worst strain that is known to the table: the Zaire strain. At first residents thought it was an advanced strain of the common cold that was more ruthless, but when the other symptoms began to appear the common cold idea was proved wrong. People infected began having intense hemorrhaging, uncontrollable diarrhea and vomiting, migraines and weakness (Musambi). After blood testing was sent to Peter Piot, who was training as a clinical microbiologist at the time, in Belgium it was discovered that this was a never before seen disease (Brown). He decided to travel to the outbreak hot zone personally to figure out how the disease spreads, how many were infected, where it originated, and other questions.
The results of his investigation were startling. Piot discovered that Ebola originated with a 44 year old man, Mabalo…

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