As fears of an outbreak spiral on planes and social media everywhere. Ebola is still spreading at an unprecedented rate in West African countries where supplies, education and healthcare providers are limited. This article is designed to present the facts compiled from multiple news sources throughout the world for the latest updates to the spread of the virus.
As of today the US has two confirmed cases, one of which is deceased. The Second case is an ER nurse. She is currently tweeting, dispelling fears that she is also critical. According to the associated press, a total of 70 persons came into contact with the first case Thomas Duncan. Prior to this number, the CDC had stated a total of 48 persons had been in contact and none were sick.
What is Ebola?
Ebola is a virus that was discovered in Africa in 1976, it is generally communicated via fruit bats to animals, but has found its way into the human population. The transmission of the virus is via bodily fluids, not airbourne, according to the CDC. However, per the MSDS information site (see reference below) airborne contamination human to human is "strongly suspected".
What are the statistics?
4,033 deaths 8,399 probable cases and confirmed cases which are doubling every three to four weeks. 7 total countries. The US has 1 death, one confirmed, and two additional which were transported into Kansas. Spain has two, both deceased, Canada has 2 cases, one confirmed and one negative. JFK airport just grounded 91 passengers from an incoming flight today.
What is to be done?
The situation is definitivly going to get worse before it gets better. However, as citizens we can only encourage our elected officials to act prudently in containing the virus to protect the American population. Staying calm and restricting travel are also within our grasp.
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May we all be safe through this current health scare.