Learning about Ebola
By Collin Andrews
As we all know, there is this whole scare about the disease known as “Ebola” and how it is spread. Ebola (also known as Hemorrhagic fever) is an often life threatening disease in humans, according to the World Health Organization.
There are no known vaccines of the disease, and there is no complete confirmation on how it is spread, except exposure cannot occur from human to human until the victim has symptoms starting to show.
Symptoms for Ebola can include fever, fatigue, muscle pain headache and a sore throat. After a number of days (depending on the severity of the virus) these symptoms are followed by vomiting, diarrhea, rash and symptoms jeopardizing liver and kidney functioning according to the World Health Organization.
Transmission occurs in human to human contact through direct contact with any bodily fluids such as saliva, blood, pus, urine, and any surface or material that has come in contact with these fluids such as bed sheets or clothing.
Obviously there seems to be a lot to worry about with Ebola and that it is a serious issue.
We’ve talked to Perrysburg High School’s nurse, Deborah Reddick, and asked her if we should worry about Ebola.
“Ebola should be worried about as we worry about any disease we have today like the flu,” Mrs. Reddick said. “It’s a threat of course, but it isn’t the only threat.”
For those who don’t watch much news, there are a number of people infected with Ebola in America.
On Sept. 19th, Thomas Eric Duncan started showing symptoms for Ebola by Sept. 25. He was then sent home, he died on Oct. 8th from the virus. The nurse who treated Thomas, Nina Pham, was tested positive for Ebola on Oct. 11th. It is unknown how she contracted it, but was flown to a National Health Institute in Maryland specially equipped for Ebola, according to the NBC News.
Another nurse who treated Thomas Duncan tested early for Ebola. Results had resulted positive October 15th, still unsure how she was infected.
Experts say Ebola is a concern, largely because there isn’t a cure.
There isn’t a cure for cancer or AIDS either, is there? The fact that Ebola is new and an international problem is why people are talking about it.