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Ebola Outbreak Leads to Emergency World Health Organization Meeting

Global health experts are meeting to discuss the Ebola outbreak and whether or not to declare the outbreak a global health emergency.  The World Health Organization, also known as WHO, will be meeting for the next couple of days.

The Ebola Virus has now killed close to nine hundred people in West Africa.  Since the outbreak began in Guinea it has spread to Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria.  Nigeria experienced their second Ebola death last Wednesday and there are five reported cases in Nigeria’s largest city.  A man who died in Saudi Arabia last week is suspected to have died from an Ebola infection.  When the results come back, if he in fact died of Ebola, he will be the first Ebola death outside of West Africa.   There have been many people suspected to be infected with Ebola in the U.S. but all so far have turned out to not be Ebola (other than Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, who were transported to the U.S. from Liberia for treatment).

With the outbreak possibly spreading beyond West Africa top health experts are revving up conversations about what to do.  Infectious disease experts have called for experimental treatments to be offered more widely, such as the experimental serum given to Dr. Brantly and Nancy Writebol.

Dr. Kent Brantly is First Ebola Patient to Arrive in US

There was some speculation as two which American Ebola patient would arrive first in the U.S. for Ebola treatment at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia.  Those speculations were put to rest when news broke yesterday evening that the hero doctor, Kent Brantly, would be arriving first and missionary Nancy Writebol would be transferred later.

Dr. Brantly shocked everyone by being able to walk into the hospital and he is surprisingly in good enough condition to help doctors diagnose and treat his condition. He was even able to take a shower by himself.  According to family members, Kent Brantly asked to speak to his wife alone and then they had a call separated from each other by only a glass window.  Amber Brantly, Kent’s wife, said she was very optimistic about her husband’s recovery.

We will post more information about how Dr. Brantly is doing as well as new information about the transfer of Nancy Writebol when that information becomes available so be sure to check back here for updates.

Ebola Patient Coming to the United States

Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia has been preparing a special isolation room for a patient with Ebola Disease who is scheduled to arrive in the next couple days.  The Hospital didn’t say if the patient is one of the two US citizens infected with Ebola in Liberia or not.

The hospital said this special isolation unit is separate from other areas of the hospital and it is equipped with special precautionary equipment and has infrastructure to keep people safe from the spread of the virus.  There are only four hospitals in the United States with this type of facility for people with infectious diseases.  Hospital workers and healthcare providers must take extra precautions and wear protective clothing, bodysuits, gloves, boots, face masks and eye protection.

Ebola Virus Facts

ebola virus facts

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.