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Ebola is a rare and severe illness that can often be fatal. The average death rate is a result of fifty percent of all cases. However, death rates range between twenty-five and ninety percent in previous outbreaks of EVD. The first recorded breakout of EVD was during 1976 in a village near the Ebola River, which is where the disease dawned the name ‘ebola virus disease.’ But the most recent outbreak was throughout 2014 and 2016 was the most essential and complicated outbreak since the first discovery of the disease.

Scientists believe Ebola was first present in animals and transmitted to humans. It is a virus in the ebola virus and Filoviridae family, and the way in which it transmits from animals to humans is unknown. In certain parts of the world, people have contracted Ebola from handling animals that are ill or deceased. In people, the virus becomes contagious as soon as symptoms present.

If you contract the Ebola virus, your medical provider will treat your symptoms as they appear. For example, if you are vomiting or have diarrhea, your doctor will give you medications and electrolytes to prevent dehydration. Treating the symptoms as they arise can greatly increase the chance of survival, which depends on the health of the infected individual's immune system. There are antiviral medications for other viruses, but the Ebola virus currently has no vaccines available. Scientists are working to find an antiviral vaccine that will work for the Ebola virus and help prevent outbreaks.

People who encounter the Ebola virus will begin to experience symptoms anywhere between two and 21 days later. Symptoms include fever, severe headache, muscle pain, weakness, fatigue, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, and unexplained bleeding or bruising. Those who experience multiple symptoms of this kind should seek medical attention. The Ebola virus may be rare, but it is dangerous to those who become infected. Blood tests may reveal low white blood cell counts indicate viral or bacterial infection.

Since human contact is responsible for spreading the Ebola virus, the most efficient way to prevent it is to practice proper hand washing and hygiene. Doctors recommend using hand sanitizers with an alcohol content of 60-90% or wash with soap and water if the hands are dirty. Plain soap without antimicrobial agents is best, as there is no proof that this germ-killing additive can kill the Ebola virus. If hand sanitizer or soap is not readily available, medical providers recommend using a solution of chlorine and water to wash your hands.







1) https://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/index.html 2)https://www.emedicinehealth.com/ebola_virus_disease_ebola_hemorrhagic_fever/article_em.htm 3)https://www.medicinenet.com/ebola_hemorrhagic_fever_ebola_hf/article.htm


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