The Four Types Of Ebola Epidemic
There are four different strain of Ebola that are pathogenic to humans. These four strains include Bundibugyo ebolavirus, Zaire ebolavirus, Taï Forest ebolavirus and Sudan ebolavirus (National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious …show more content…
While this option is still experimental, tests are currently underway to determine the effectiveness of blood transfusions for Ebola patients.
Melatonin has been proposed as another possible treatment option for Ebola based on the ways in which Ebola impacts the immune system. Ebola disables the immune system by
“infecting dendritic cells…increasing natural killer (NK) cell activity…disabling the presentation of infectious substances to the immune system” (Anderson et al., 2015). Scientists believe melatonin will be effective in fighting Ebola because it “is a powerful immune regulator, increasing the generally beneficial Th1 cells and IFNg response, as well as the cytotoxicity of NK cells” (Anderson et al., 2015). If melatonin does prove to be an appropriate treatment option for Ebola, it will provide a cheap and readily available option for infected individuals.
The 2014 Ebola epidemic in West Africa proved to the world just how little is known about the Ebola virus and how it attacks the body. While the spread of the disease has significantly slowed down in the last six months, the fact remains that thousands of people in
West Africa died as a result of Ebola. The countries that were hit hardest by the disease did …show more content…
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