The Outbreak Of Ebola Virus Essay

1788 Words Dec 8th, 2014 8 Pages
In 1976, the first outbreak of Ebola emerged in the jungle of Sudan and Zaire. Since then, the disease has been slowly spreading throughout West Africa, and over the past 20 years had started to reach other continents. On September 30, 2014, the first human case of Ebola reached the United States, causing panic to strike the nation. Thus far, the disease has only reached four people in the United States, and has been prevented for turning into a true epidemic here in the U.S. In 1665, a similar disease called the bubonic plague rapidly spread through London killing thousands of people. Had many of the methods used to control and monitor the spread of Ebola in the United States been applied in London, some of these deaths may have been able to be prevented. The Ebola virus, formerly known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever, is marked by its most severe symptoms of severe bleeding and organ failure. Other symptoms may include fever, headache, muscle aches, chills, weakness, vomiting, rash, and stomach pain. Ebola originates from a virus in an animal host, usually a monkey or another non-human primate. Once contracting the virus, usually through consumption or contact with an infected animal, humans can spread the virus through bodily fluids such as, urine, blood, or feces. Infection through contaminated needles is another common mode of transmission. Ebola can be identified in patients by one of four ways: positive serology, positive virus isolation, positive skin biopsy, or a…

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