Saturday, July 26, 2014

EBOLA

2014 has had its share of ups and downs in Nigeria from the Boko Haram bombings, to the Chibok missing girls and now another death angel the EBOLA virus.
While we all talk about the EBOLA as being deadly, it is good to have knowledge of the virus.
I was a Biology major in college and this was the least favorite topic because being an African student in a 99% white class, EBOLA might be written on your face as the teacher speaks and other students will sit there and wonder if a member of your family was recently infected with EBOLA. (God Forbid).
I picked up my virology notebook from 2010 and revised what i had written,the RNA drawings which now don't make sense to me, the only thing that stuck to me was that it originated from Congo, I am NOT from CONGO,so i went online to look get an update.

Ebola virus is a disease that attacks humans.
It is caused by about four viruses

  1. Bundibuygo virus
  2. Ebola Virus
  3. Sudan Virus
  4. Tai Forest Virus

The Ebola virus disease occurs when the virus is transmitted to a human from an infected animal host. The host is the one that carries the virus and it could be a monkey, a chimpanzee or a pig.
The infection can occur through blood or body fluids from the infected person.
The symptoms begin withing three days of infection.
It starts with a fever, pain in the muscle, headaches, nausea and subsequent shutdown of vital organs such as the kidney and the liver,internal bleeding or hemorrhaging becomes the problem which can lead to death.
This disease can be infected by proper disposal of the dead host, meat should be properly cooked, wear layers of protection and upgrade hygiene practice, washing of hands with soap or possibly dettol is advised.
It is not very transmisble if the spread is contained. The best way to do this is to contain/ isolate the infected humans.There is a movie about EBOLA called "The Outbreak".
There is no vaccine for this disease yet. The 2014 outbreak has occurred in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia with about 1093 people infected and Nigeria where one person is said to have died from it.

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