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Ebola Update

By Tori Nix

 

Ebola has become the realistic version of the fictional deadly disease in the movie, Outbreak. First discovered in 1976, the Ebola Virus has once again appeared in West Africa and now in the United States.

Ebola is an infectious and generally fatal disease marked by fever and severe internal bleeding, spread through contact with infected body fluid. Symptoms of Ebola are fever, fatigue, muscle pain, headache and sore throat. This is followed by vomiting, diarrhea, rash, symptoms of impaired kidney and liver function, and in some cases, both internal and external bleeding. The incubation period is two to twenty-one days.

The host of the virus is said to be infected chimpanzees, fruit bats, gorillas, monkeys, forest antelope, and porcupine. Many Africans got the virus by eating the infected animals.

The number of cases in Africa is more than the number of cases in the United States. There are 4,555 cases of Ebola in Africa, whereas there are only three cases in the United States. However, as of Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, Nigeria and Senegal are reported to be Ebola-free, according to CNN.com.

 

(sources: www.cdc.com, www.who.com, www.cnn.com)

 

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