The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is the world’s deadliest to date. WHO says the Ebola outbreak in West Africa eventually could exceed 20,000 cases, more than six times as many as doctors know about now.
Ebola was discovered in 1976. The disease infects humans through close contact with infected animals, including chimpanzees, fruit bats and forest antelope.
It then spreads between humans by direct contact with infected blood, bodily fluids or organs, or indirectly through contact with contaminated environments. The initial symptoms can include a sudden fever, intense weakness, muscle pain and a sore throat.
The human disease has so far been mostly limited to Africa, although one strain has cropped up in the Philippines.
There have been multiple risk analyzing agencies that have evaluated Ebola and said that the Ebola outbreak “is unlikely to spread beyond the region and become a global pandemic.”
That’s not to minimize the risks or the need for caution and preparation in other parts of the world, and for continued vigilance around the world. It is vital to learn the basics about the spread of serious diseases and what you can do to protect yourself, your family, and your community.
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