Ebola Outbreak: West Africa

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Medical workers in West Africa dress to treat Ebola patients.

   Ebola, modern-day society’s most terrifying disease, has been having its most severe outbreak since its discovery in 1976 in the countries of West Africa. Finally, after nearly a year of Ebola afflicting the populations in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, and Senegal, The United States of America has decided to send troops to solve this problem in West Africa once and for all.

   Ebola Virus Disease is a disease most commonly transmitted by human-to-human contact, from direct contact with bodily fluids to contaminated needles or syringes. Once an individual is infected, symptoms such as fatigue, headaches, vomiting and diarrhea begin to occur, and can eventually lead to more severe symptoms such as internal bleeding and bloody vomiting. If untreated, death from multiple organ failure can occur, not long after the diagnosis.

   The disease sprung from Guinea, in 1976, but has made its major resurgence as of December 2013, where it has blown up into a truly severe issue, and as of Saturday, September 29th, Obama decided to send 3,000 soldiers to Liberia to fight the spread of this terrifying disease.

   Although Ebola has been spreading at a rapid pace, killing nearly 3,000 people, America’s recent intervention will undoubtedly bring the hope of recovery to West Africa.

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