Here are some very basic facts about Ebola hemorrhagic fever that you need to know:

  • It was first identified in 1976 in Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Symptoms include an initial flu like stage followed by vomiting and sometimes rashes. After this patients will start to haemorrhage, often vomiting blood as well as suffering from internal bleeding and blood loss from the nose and gums. The ability of blood to clot will be impaired.
  • There is no known cure, although a wide variety of treatments usually based around rehydration are used. Mortality rate in those infected is usually between 50 and 90%.
  • Transmission between humans occurs through direct contact with the bodily fluids of an infected individual.

In short, Ebola is a horrible, usually fatal disease that periodically ravages an area of the world where public health infrastructure is not equipped to deal with outbreaks of such a visceral disease. Outbreaks such as the one…

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