Ebola is a deadly virus that started in the 1970’s and has claimed over 5000 lives since its inception, mostly in West Africa. The virus is transmitted through direct contact with bodily fluids such as: blood, sweat, vomit, feces, urine, saliva or semen of an infected person showing symptoms. The incubation period is between 2-21 days, so sometimes an infected individual might not show symptoms until 21 days later. This virus has a 50% fatality rate with victims that are infected; therefore, it is almost a death sentence to contract the virus. Ebola has been a problem for West Africa, but now it is at your doorstep.
Thomas Eric Duncan, the first victim infected with Ebola in America just lost his life to the deadly virus. Mr. Duncan contracted the virus in Liberia and traveled to Texas on September 19th. He started showing symptoms on September 24th, and went to a Dallas hospital for treatment September 26th. He was released with antibiotics and returned two days later diagnosed with the deadly virus. His family couldn’t watch the effect Ebola had on Mr. Duncan. Mr. Duncan went through the typical blood clots and blood vessels becoming inflamed that made it very difficult for family members to look at. The airplane that Mr. Duncan traveled with is currently not at risk, because he did not show his symptoms during his time of traveling, but Mr. Duncan’s family is now at risk of being infected with the Ebola virus and they are currently being quarantined. Over one dozen people are being tested for the virus because of just one victim, and tests cannot be confirmed for another 21 days. If Mr. Duncan went to any public facility and released any bodily fluids by touch, then those exposed are also at risk of contracting Ebola. CDC has now confirmed that this incident in Texas is not isolated and urgent aid is needed to combat this virus.
The CDC has announced that Public Health is a sector that governments under invest in, and the current costs could’ve have been just 1% of what they are now to combat the disease; if proper prevention methods were applied from the start, such high costs could’ve been prevented. The CDC is now begging the governments and people of all nations to get involved to help combat this deadly disease. The CDC also mentioned that there is a new case in Australia and also in South Africa. The issue is that infected victims are traveling to other countries prior to showing symptoms and then becoming extremely ill in that other country. The reality is that Ebola can show up anywhere. If one infected Ebola victim traveled to Los Angeles, or any other city, and decided to get Starbucks; then any thing or anyone he touches will contract the virus. The worst part is the infected victims might not find out until 21 days later; therefore, any individual they came in contact with during the incubation period of 2-21 days becomes at risk of contracting the virus. Ebola is not a West African problem anymore. It is a world problem, and it is at our doorstep. Please help combat this deadly virus by donating to www.handsforafrica.org. Your donation will help save lives and stop the spread.
By: Oneill Taylor
Hands for Africa
Hands for Africa is a non-profit organization working to restore lost hope to those devastated by the civil war in Sierra Leone. We support amputee victims by developing and implementing self-reliance programs and providing the necessary aid for the advancement of these programs.