August 12, 2014

Ebola Virus

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Ebola virus is a deadly virus which has spread in West African countries like Sierra Leone, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria etc. killing almost 1000 people so far.


Effect on health:
It leads to nausea, body pain, headache, and may culminate in deadly haemorrhagic fever. As no known cure or vaccine exists for it, ebola virus has proved to be very deadly for irreversible effects on health.

Method of spread:
First it spreads from fruit bats to humans. Then, it spreads if a healthy person comes in contact with bodily fluids (blood, semen, urine etc.) of affected person. Also, evidence so far does not suggest that it is air-borne.

Why countries are worried about its spread:
a) Due to a globalised, inter-connected world, people travelling from West Africa to other countries via flights, ships etc. may pass on the virus if they have used the loos of the transport. This multiplies chances of spreading disease.

b) As vaccine/cure is not yet available, fever results almost always in death.
c) Developing/less developed countries are especially vulnerable due to poor health and sanitation plus lack of screening or quarantine facilities.

Therefore, WHO has declared Ebola outbreak as worldwide health emergency. Countries must take all precautions to screen incoming passengers and facilities for quarantine and proper treatment must be available to contain its spread.

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**This is my post for letter 'E' of ABC Wednesday.




26 comments:

  1. Certainly a danger that requires the utmost attention.

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    1. Yes absolutely Hildred. Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. Let's hope they get it under control quickly and efficiently and are able to eradicate it entirely!

    Leslie
    abcw team

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    1. Yes I too hope and pray for the same Leslie!

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  3. Hopefully they will find a good treatment soon!

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    1. Yes Ellen. They do have vaccines not yet widely tested. Yet WHO says it's ethical to use them as disease is anyway so deadly. I fully support them! Plz do visit my blog more often!

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  4. Important and timely message!

    ROG, ABCW

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    1. True Indrani. Hope it is contained & doesn't spread 2 highly populated countries like ours....

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  6. It was very useful for me... Thnx

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  7. Once again a great informative post Amrita. Really liked it..

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  8. Quite informative Amrita...and it's really alarming...

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    1. True Maniparna....hope it is quickly n effectively tackled...

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  9. Its scares the bones out of me :| I did hear a lot of Ebola talk going on twitter but had no idea it was a deadly virus O.O

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    1. Yes Najm. It's a very deadly virus. Hope it is contained faster...

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  10. In the past the outbreaks have been contained but this time it looks as though it could spread throughout west Africa and beyond.

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    1. Yes very true... :( hope it does not spread further....

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