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  • Ebola Outbreak

    2014 when the whole world was up in arms about it spreading and becoming a pandemic. This incident of outbreak in West Africa shows how far we have come as a world, technologically and medically, but also how far we still have to go. The severity of the outbreak was completely avoidable, however due to the disregard of certain factors not usually associated with disease, such as cultural practices, it became an epidemic. In order to approach future infectious disease outbreaks, research shows that a holistic approach that incorporates local socioeconomic and cultural factors may be needed. To begin to fully understand what should be done going forward, it’s important to note what exactly occurred during the Ebola outbreak. In 2014, Ebola virus disease, or Ebola hemorrhagic fever, had its largest outbreak since 1976 (WHO). With an average of 50% fatality among its victims, it’s definitely a severe disease (WHO). Yet, one of the main reasons that this appeared as a huge danger was not because of the staggering statistics, but because of people’s reactions to it. Sonia Shah stated in her book Pandemic: Tracking Contagions, from Cholera to Ebola and beyond, “Ebola was the red six of spades, a painted clown in a darkened cellar: unexpected, unfathomable, terrifying”(Shah). This paranoia that Shah speaks about, the “painted clown in a darkened cellar”, struck a lot of Americans. This fear could have been diminished greatly if people stopped imagining disease as something we need…

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  • Ebola In The Hot Zone

    people and the outbreak of Ebola in a monkey house. Preston also goes into details about the symptoms of Ebola and the different strains of Ebola,which are Ebola Zaire, Ebola Reston, and Ebola Sudan. Preston really informs about the dangers of Ebola and what it can do to the human body and what must be done to prevent the virus from spreading around the world and causing an epidemic. Undoubtedly this novel gives us true facts that would help us in the future if we were ever to come across this…

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  • Ebola Disease

    INTRODUCTION The Ebola virus disease (EVD) was first identified in 1976 during two simultaneous outbreaks, one in Sudan and the other in Democratic Republic of Congo. Since then there have been 24 outbreaks involving 28,635 reported cases and 11,314 deaths according to the World Health Organization (REFERENCE). EVD is an example of an “emerging/ re-emerging” pathogen, due to its divergent genomes and sporadic outbreaks causing severe hemorrhaging fever in humans and non-human primates. The…

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  • Ebola Virus

    The Ebola virus is gaining worldwide fame due to its sensational outbreak originating from Sierra Leone. The outbreaks of the virus have been recognized and effectively dealt with in the past, but the present outbreak is becoming a overwhelming challenge. Approximately there have been 15,000 suspected cases of the disease and 6,000 confirmed deaths so far. The horrifying visual hemorrhagic symptoms caused by the Ebola virus include internal and external bleeding as well as the fear inducing…

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  • Irine Kalida Movie Review

    in tears. This, in my opinion, was one of the most emotional and effective moments in the film. It showed not only the effects of the virus on the individual itself, but loved ones around them as well. Dr. Mann enountered Irine and explained that even though there was no cure yet and that her husband would eventually die, there was a prejudice attatched to AIDS that they had to fight. Irine explained how hospital workers…

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  • Viral Pathogens Essay

    viral pathogens interact with the lipid composition of a membrane to gain entry into a cell. They can gain entry by interacting directly with the lipid component or with the other components usually glycosphingolipids and using them as a receptor.1 Other viruses require a specific lipid composition such as lipid rafts that are rich in cholesterol and take advantage of the clustering of receptors there.1 Attachment to the lipid membrane is advantageous to the virus as endocytosis uses (PI)-3…

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  • The Extinction Of Species In Jurassic Park

    As biotechnology continues to advance, a matter that interests both genetic and conservation scientists is the de-extinction of species, or the resurrection of lost species. The idea of Jurassic Park, a 1993 American film where genetic scientists created a wildlife park with cloned dinosaurs, is no longer science fiction. It is becoming an increasingly considered possibility, and with the present-day extinction rate of species higher than ever, scientists have commenced to ponder the prospect of…

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  • Viruses Cause Diseases

    allows the virus to multiple. This is why they are often referred to as cellular parasites. Since they are very small, and they can only be seen by looking through a microscope. There are approximately 5,000 different viruses that have the potential to infect plants, animals, and bacteria. Some are incredibly dangerous and can cause problems in humans that eventually lead to death. Others cause diseases that are very mild and do not cause big problems like certain flu viruses. Viruses can be a…

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  • Spacer Research Papers

    CRISPR is the acronym for Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeat. This term is used to describe the unique organization of DNA sequences that are partially palindromic and are found in genomes and other microorganisms. The CRISPR immune system protects bacteria from ongoing viral infection. CRISPRs are variable sequences called spacers. The spacers are made from DNA of the virus that already attacked the host bacteria. The spacers serve as a sort of genetic memory of the…

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  • Influenza Research Paper

    Moreover Legionella infection could attribute to influenza infection. The cause of influenza was definitively resolved back in 1930s with the isolation of swine influenza; a virus which when administered intranasally to susceptible swine induced a mild illness of short duration.2 The physician Richard Pfeiffer had created the hypothesis that Bacillus influenza (now Haemophilus influenzae) was the cause of influenza during the pandemic of 1892.3 The bacterial…

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