Thursday, July 31, 2014
Ebola virus outbreak what we should know?
The current outbreak of Ebola virus that is happening in Western Africa is the deadliest Ebola outbreak in history that has killed 729 people and infected about 1,323. The four West African countries affected are Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. The deadliest outbreak before has just 224 deaths from 425 cases. The current outbreak that began last March is from the deadliest form of the Ebola virus which is the Zaire Ebola virus that has 79% fatality rate.
The initial symptoms of Ebola is very similar to diseases like malaria and cholera, as well as the common flu, that means it can be difficult to detect.
Here is a list of the common symptoms of Ebola:
-Aching in the muscles and joints
As the disease progresses, additional symptoms may include:
-Internal and external bleeding from the nose, mouth, ears and eyes
-Reduced liver and kidney function
If you believe you have been infected with Ebola you must be isolated from the public immediately.
WHO Ebola virus disease, West Africa – update