The Epidemic Of Ebola And The Black Plague Essay

1287 Words Nov 20th, 2015 6 Pages
History has a tendency of repeating itself from the forms of leadership to tactics of war to the plagues that kill many. Ebola originated in West Africa in the 21st century more than five hundred years after the Black Plague. The Black Plague occurred in Europe during the middle ages and left a great impact on society. Although Ebola never reached the mass scale of the Black Plague it still had a traumatic impact on societies. Ebola and the Black Plague differ in the environment of the societies prior to contact, the symptoms, and impacts on societies; yet, are similar in the initial spread of infection, public reactions, and the rate at which they spread. The Ebola outbreak of 2014 is the deadliest of the Ebola outbreaks in history. Past outbreaks are incomparable to the chaos it is causing to West African countries, Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria. When the disease first appeared, doctors did not know what it was. Because of this, reaction to Ebola was very slow and people died before the CDC (Center of Disease Control) and the Doctors without Borders got involved. When they got here they noticed that Ebola is transmittable by bodily fluids, for example, blood, saliva, or even just simple touching someone that is effected can transfer Ebola. Which made is infect many since in their tradition when someone dies they wash, touch and kiss the body of the deceased. After contamination of Ebola, victims’ acquire a fever, then muscle or joint pain, then a skin rash…

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