Ebola is an infectious and fatal disease marked by fever and severe internal bleeding, spread through contact with infected body fluids, whose normal host species is unknown. It first originated in West Africa from a single infected person.
Ebola made its way to the United States by Thomas Eric Duncan, who was diagnosed with Ebola. Duncan was coming from Liberia to visit family in Texas. Duncan landed in the U.S. on September 20th and began showing symptoms of the virus four days later. He was the first person in America to be diagnosed with Ebola. Duncan died in Early October from the disease after exhaustive treatment. He was the first person in America to die from the disease.
Nina Pham, the nurse that was taking care of Thomas Eric Duncan, tested positive for Ebola also recently. No one knows how Pham got the disease because she was wearing the correct protective gear. Her house has been decontaminated, and her dog is being monitored. As of right now, Pham has been cured of Ebola after plenty of treatment and experimental drugs.
Health officials continue to track the forty-eight people who were in contact before Duncan was admitted to the hospital and before placed in isolation.
A positive thing about Ebola is that it is not airborn. This means it is not transmitted through the air. You cannot catch the virus from sitting next to a person that has it. It is transmitted through direct body fluids, such as blood from an infected person. It is only contagious when an infected person is showing symptoms.
The symptoms of Ebola are a fever greater than 38.6 degrees celsius or 101.5 degrees fahrenheit, severe headache, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, and unexplained hemorrhage (bleeding or bruising).
Symptoms will start appearing two to twenty-one days after being exposed to the disease, but the average is eight to ten days.
Ebola is a very deadly disease, somewhere between fifty percent and ninety percent of people who develop it will die.
No one, as of right now, should be worried about Ebola reaching your area because the CDC is dong an excellent job of keeping the patients away from society.