Essay about The Success Of The Ebola Outbreak

942 Words Sep 18th, 2015 4 Pages
We 've found a cure for AIDS! Chris Rock once said, "Ain 't no money in the cure, the money 's in the medicine… that 's how a drug dealer makes his money—on the comeback." In other words, even if they have found a cure for AIDS, it would not be released to the public. Though Rock 's remark is satirical, there are some truths that need to be considered. For many years, the U.S has had many successes providing new prescription drugs for the general population. However, the U.S has been a lot less successful finding cures since the 1950s. Due to marketing being prioritized over the well-being of the public, the funding for biotechnologies and medical research makes up only a small percentage of our economy. As a result of U.S 's own poor financing, many treatments have been counterproductive as well as expensive for the public as seen in the recent Ebola outbreak as well as the success of Cuba.
The Ebola outbreak became very severe in 2014, especially in West African countries. Ebola became one of the most talked-about topics in 2015, but what exactly is the infamous "Ebola virus"? According to the World Health Organization, "Ebola virus disease (EVD), formerly known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever, is a severe, often fatal illness in humans. The virus is transmitted to people from wild animals and spreads in the human population through human-to-human transmission" (Ebola virus disease, who.int). What makes the disease so heinous is its infectious and fatal effects on the body. The…

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