Ebola Virus Outbreak In Congo Africa

Ebola Virus Outbreak In Congo Africa

First recognized in 1976

(Best Syndication) The World Health Organization (WHO) is reporting that there has been an outbreak of the Ebola virus in the African nation of the Democratic Republic of Congo. So far there have been 5 reported deaths, and the disease can cause death in 50 to 90 percent of those infected.

The Ebola virus, commonly referred to as an Ebola hemorrhagic fever, describes a group of viruses belonging to the genus Ebolavirus, family Filoviridae. There are no treatments or vaccines for the disease. Symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, general body pain, internal and external bleeding, and fever. Death usually occurs due to hypovolemic shock or organ failure.

It is still unclear where the virus came from and its method of transmission. It can to be transmitted via contact with infected body fluids. The incubation period is anywhere between 2 and 21 days, but is usually between 5 and 10 days.

The virus may have been transmitted via the air in an accidental outbreak in a Virginia laboratory. In that case, the Ebola virus could have been transmitted between monkeys, but there are no known human to human airborne cases, with one possible exception.

Since there is no good treatment for the disease, both the United States and the Soviet Union have tried to weaponize the virus. Currently the only option for someone with the disease is to replace electrolytes and try to stop the bleeding with coagulation factors.

The bodily fluids of those infected, including feces, vomit, and blood, can be very hazardous.

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By Jeffrey Workman
Best Syndication News Health Writer

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