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Did School Officials Overreact to the Ebola Scare?

Several schools in Ohio and Texas shut down and canceled classes in response to the fear of Ebola.  Some people think it was a good decision to play it safe, while others are calling it a complete overreaction.

The reason for the alarm was because some staff members and students possibly came into contact with a person infected with Ebola. An email sent to parents said the schools would be closed after they learned that a middle school staff member may have traveled aboard the same airplane, though not on the same flight, as Dallas nurse Amber Joy Vinson.

Since it wasn’t even the same flight a lot of people are calling the decision to close the schools “overkill” while others are saying it’s a great pro-active decision and it’s “better safe than sorry”.

Ebola Death Toll Continues to Rise

It was reported today that there have been at least 1229 Ebola deaths with over 2200 Ebola infections and hundreds more possible Ebola infections.

Here are a few Ebola outbreak updates for you:

In Liberia, the suspected Ebola virus patients (who were likely to have the Ebola Virus) who fled a quarantined Ebola treatment center have turned themselves in to a hospital.  The patients fled the Ebola clinic when it was ransacked by armed men who looted the place a few days ago.  There was great fear that with the “escaped” Ebola patients wondering around and with the looted items from the clinic being spread around, that the Ebola virus could spread throughout one of the largest slums in the area.

The Ebola situation has gotten so bad in Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone that entire villages have been quarantined.  Because of that, many people are starving and don’t have the basics for survival.  The U.N. World Food Program is said to be preparing to deliver food for one million people in the affected areas to provide aid and relief.  The spokeswoman for the World Health Organization said she thinks the world is now using high vigilance in all countries.  She said, “I can’t remember the last time we fed 1 million people in a quarantine situation.”

Ebola Victim Brought To Europe for Treatment

75 year old Priest Miguel Parajes is now the first person infected with the Ebola virus to be taken to Europe for treatment.  Parajes was caring for other Ebola victims in a hospital his humanitarian group runs when it was discovered that he too had been infected with the virus.

Parajes was flown in a special airbus back to Spain along with a nun who was not infected with Ebola.  They landed in Madrid and were escorted by a convoy of medical personnel in protective suits, who took them to a special isolation unit of Madrid’s Carlos III Hospital.  Thirty regular patients were evacuated to clear the area for them.  They are now in quarantine and twelve medical staff members will be alternating three shifts to monitor and care for them.

Other Ebola News and Updates

Yesterday, a man died of Ebola in Saudi Arabia, which marked the first Ebola death outside of West Africa.  With two Americans being treated for Ebola in the United States and now an Ebola patient in Europe concern and fear about the Ebola virus outbreak continues to expand.  In the worst affected regions of West Africa dead Ebola victims have been found in the streets because family members and relatives were too afraid to be near them for fear they would catch the disease.  750 soldiers line the streets in Sierra Leone to enforce Ebola quarantines.  The World Health Organization is having talks and debating whether or not to use untested U.S. drugs on Ebola victims.  So far, President Obama has advised against that, saying it is “too soon”.  Britain’s Cobra emergency committee is meeting to discuss options and Britain has increased the aid they are sending to $5 million Euros.  The current Ebola death toll stands out 932 Ebola deaths and over 1700 Ebola cases.

Experimental Ebola Treatment Drug Zmapp

zmapp ebola virus treatment

Yesterday, the World Health Organization updated the Ebola Virus Outbreak death toll.  It has now increased to 887 deaths in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone.  Over 1,600 people have now been infected with the Ebola Virus.

Since Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol were sent an experimental Ebola serum in Liberia there has been much speculation as to what the Ebola treatment drug was and where it came from.  Some of that information was finally revealed yesterday.  The drug is made in Owensboro, Kentucky in tobacco plants at Kentucky Bioprocessing, which is a subsidiary of Reynolds American Incorporated.  According to spokesman David Howard, “The plant serves like a photocopier and the drug is extracted from the plant.”  The serum was made by drug maker Mapp Biopharmaceutical Inc. of San Diego and that’s where its name Zmapp comes from.

The drug had never been tested on humans before, but drastic situations call for drastic measures and the decision was made to send the drug to Dr. Brantly and Nancy Writebol.  The purpose of Zmapp is to boost the immune system’s efforts to ward off Ebola.  Part of the drug is made using antibodies produced by lab animals exposed to parts of the Ebola virus.  Dr. Kent Brantly received one dose of Zmapp and Nancy Writebol received two doses of the serum.

It is unknown at this time is the Zmapp treatment worked as well as everyone had hoped.  The Ebola virus is a tricky disease and victims of Ebola tend to take swings in both directions.  One day they are much better and the next day they could be much worse.

There are no cures or vaccines for the Ebola virus.  In the past, Ebola virus survivors have survived on their own without the aid of special serums.  There is a lot of hope that Zmapp could play a big role in treating Ebola Virus patients in the future and testing on humans is expected to take place in the next several months.

What You Need To Know About The Ebola Virus

all about the ebola virus outbreak

This recent Ebola Virus outbreak in West Africa is the worst Ebola outbreak in history.  Over 4000 people have been infected with the virus and over 3300 of those infected people have died.  The spread of the virus has been so bad in places like Sierra Leone that entire communities have been quarantined to stop the spreading.  Even police and military personnel are present to enforce the quarantine laws so this outbreak won’t continue to get out of hand.

The Ebola Virus is very different from other viruses.  Here are some facts about Ebola to get you up to speed and educate you on everything you need to know about Ebola.

Ebola doesn’t change very often.  Many viruses will change over time, but the Ebola Virus is a known quantity that hasn’t really changed since it was discovered in 1976.

It is highly unlikely that someone could get infected with the Ebola Virus by simply being near someone with the virus.  This virus spreads through bodily fluids, not through the air like some other viruses get transmitted.

The Ebola Virus can stay alive on surfaces for a few days so it is possible you could get it from making physical contact with objects with the virus living on them, such as clothing or bedding.  But just making contact with the virus is not enough to infect you, because it would still need to enter your body somehow.  One example of how you could get it from an inanimate object would be if you ate food that had the virus on it because bodily fluids of an infected person got on the food.

The general consensus is that people infected with Ebola aren’t contagious until they are sick.  So that gives you time to recognize the symptoms.  People infected with Ebola will get fevers, diarrhea, etc. and have symptoms similar to the common cold or the flu.  If you see people with exhibiting these symptoms stay away from them.

People CAN survive ebola.  About 40% of Ebola victims actual survive while around 60% die from the Ebola infection.

There are multiple types of Ebola, but the kind of Ebola that is causing the current outbreak is called Zaire Ebolavirus.  Since this type of Ebola virus was discovered in 1976 only around 30% of people have survived it.  However,  awareness and modern technology have raised those survival rate numbers in recent years.

The main reason the current Ebola Virus outbreak is so bad in West Africa is because the outbreak is taking place in an area of the world where healthcare is very poor.  In fact, the primary countries involved in this Ebola outbreak are Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia.  To make matters worse, there has never been an Ebola outbreak in that part of the world before so people were totally unaware of it and didn’t know how to treat it or stop the spreading.

Even though there is now an Ebola virus patient in the US with another on the way (Dr. Kent Brantly and missionary Nancy Writebol), there is really no reason for alarm.  The U.S. is very aware of Ebola and is equipped to educate people about the virus as well as prevent the virus from spreading.

Ebola Virus Pictures

Many people want to know what the Ebola Virus looks like, so here’s a microscopic view of an Ebola virus strain.

ebola virus strain

The initial symptoms of the Ebola Virus are very similar to symptoms of a common cold. But after a couple days victims can start getting more severe symptoms including skin rashes like this.

Ebola Virus rash

It is important for people to be aware and informed about the Ebola Virus outbreak and for them to know about the symptoms of the virus.

People are trying to educate others and warn them about the virus.

ebola virus warning

Ebola Virus awareness is extremely important in helping stop the spread of the virus.

ebola virus awareness

Educating people about what causes the virus and how it spreads is very important. Ebola is most commonly spread through bodily fluids and it can even spread after death.

Good hygiene and thoroughly washing your body aids in prevention of contracting the Ebola Virus.

ebola virus prevention

Here are some people being tested for the Ebola Virus.

testing for ebola virus

Catching the virus early gives people a chance at survival.

ebola virus patient

All caregivers can really do is give patients saline and fever reducing medicines while their bodies try to ward off the effects of the disease.

people with ebola virus

If the Ebola Virus is detected a quarantine usually ensues.

ebola virus quarantine

Once the later stages of the Ebola Virus start happening to a victim organ failure and hemorrhaging fever usually occur, killing the victim.

deadly ebola virus

Since the recent outbreak began there have been several cases, including one American case, where the virus was spread after the victim had died. An American who attended the funeral of someone with the virus died shortly after the funeral from Ebola virus he contracted while attending the funeral. When washing dead bodies and preparing for burial the virus can be spread.

Ebola Virus Facts

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Here are some facts about the Ebola Virus and the recent outbreaks.

Ebola Virus Fact #1

The Ebola Virus was first discovered in 1976.

Ebola Virus Fact #2

The symptoms of Ebola Virus in the early stages are very similar to the common cold.

Ebola Virus Fact #3

Nobody knows the exact origin of the Ebola Virus. Conspiracy theorists think it was created in a lab either on purpose or by accident. Others believe it came from monkeys or bats.

ebola virus from bats

Ebola Virus Fact #4

The Ebola Virus is very deadly and the mortality rate for those infected with the virus is anywhere from 50% to 90% depending on the location and what kind of strain it is.

Ebola Virus Fact #5

The incubation period for the Ebola Virus is anywhere from 48 hours to 21 days.

Ebola Virus Fact #6

We are uncertain of all the ways Ebola can spread but we know the virus can spread through bodily fluids, and we know the virus can still spread after a victim has died.

Ebola Virus Fact #7

There is no cure for Ebola. All doctors and caregivers can do for Ebola victims is give them saline solutions and fever reducing medications and hope their immune systems can fight off the virus.

Those were some quick facts about Ebola.  For more in depth facts about the Ebola virus including everything you need to know click the link below.

All About the Ebola Virus

Ebola Virus Symptoms

ebola virus symptoms

The Ebola Virus is very deadly and it kills most people who become infected with it. Currently the mortality rate stands at anywhere from 60% – 90% depending on the area.

If the virus is detected early enough there is hope for survival. The important thing is to recognize the signs and symptoms of the Ebola Virus when they start.

Ebola Virus Symptoms: Early Stages

    • headache
    • sore throat
    • fever
    • fatigue

Ebola Virus Symptoms: Later Stages

  • chronic abdominal pain
  • muscle aches
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • skin rashes
  • bleeding from the eyes

Ebola Virus Symptoms: Final Stages

  • blood clots and hemorrhaging
  • organ failure
  • hemorrhaging fever

ebola virus symptoms

By the time Ebola victims start experiencing the onset of the symptoms of the disease they are already contagious and can spread Ebola to other people. The incubation period varies with a wide range of anywhere from two days to three weeks. If you think you are experiencing the symptoms of the Ebola Virus you should get checked out immediately. Unfortunately, many people who have died from Ebola have ignored the early symptoms since they are so similar to the symptoms of the common cold.

Ebola Virus Treatment

ebola virus treatment

Once a person is diagnosed with the Ebola Virus they need to be treated immediately. Unfortunately, there is not a whole lot doctors and caregivers can do for an Ebola Virus victim.

ebola virus patients

The most important thing is to try to control the patient’s fever. Fever reducing medications are given to the patients to try to prevent hemorrhaging fever. Saline solutions are also commonly given to the Ebola patients.

When treating an Ebola Virus patient it is extremely important to be cautious and take preventative measures to keep from spreading the virus.

treating an ebola patient

Ebola most commonly spreads through bodily fluids so caregivers typically wear haz mat suits and masks to avoid contact with any bodily fluids from the patients. Quarantines are also necessary to separate the victims from people who have not contracted the virus.

ebola virus quarantine

Update:  Here is some info on Zmapp, the experimental serum recently used in Liberia to treat Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, the two Americans infected with the Ebola Virus.

Ebola Virus Outbreak 2014

With the recent Ebola Virus outbreak people need to know as much information as possible about the deadly Ebola Virus that causes hemorrhaging fever.

ebola virus outbreak

The most frequently asked questions are as follows:

1) What is the Ebola Virus?

2) How dangerous is the Ebola Virus?

3) Is there a vaccine for the Ebola Virus?

4) What are the signs and symptoms of the Ebola Virus?

5) Is the Ebola Virus contagious?

6) What does the Ebola Virus do to the body?

7) What does the Ebola Virus look like?

8) Is there a treatment or a cure for the Ebola virus?

9) Where did the Ebola Virus come from?

10) How does the Ebola Virus spread?

This website will answer all of those questions for you and more.  We will be posting breaking Ebola news, posting pictures of the Ebola virus, and providing you with information about the outbreak and the spread of this deadly virus.  Check back here often for news and updates.