“Ebola’s shadow submerges Africa under a deathly cloud.”


Ebola counts with around 330 (reported) victims at it’s back during the last months, becoming the  fourth most lethal plague in Africa.

 

 

 

“In total, it was nine members of my family who got infected. My wife and my cousin also survived, therefore just three out of nine. The youngest ones and the older ones were weaker and died first. We were really affected by the death of our family, but we were relieved to because not all of us died. It would have been a catastrophe if all the family had died.” says one of the few survivors to the press. The subject prefers to stay anonymous due to the stigma of having get infected with Ebola.

 

During the last months, an infectious wave has shake some zones of Africa, leaving 230 dead people behind it, and still counting.

Ebola outbreaks in the last years and number of victims. Retrieved from   http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-04-05/mapping-worlds-ebola-outbreaks

Ebola outbreaks in the last years and number of victims. Retrieved from http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-04-05/mapping-worlds-ebola-outbreaks

 

This lethal virus was first recognized in Zaire and Sudan, in the east of Africa during the late 70’s. The infection that took place back then has one of the worst fatality rates when talking about lethal human virus. It is believed that a person can acquire it when coming into contact with an infected animal’s blood, urine or sweat, and this is as well how it spreads. Sometimes it just takes a fruit bat to get close to you.

 

This disease affects mainly little villages in West and Central Africa states as Guinea nowadays. It is thought that the virus fast spread is due to the lack of hygienic conditions and an almost non-existent medical system. Another problem is the illiteracy rate that makes the population unable to read or understand the recommendations by the doctors; however African people have figured a way to educate the people: using dances and songs to tell everybody about the virus, and about how staying clean and far from animals and ill people will make it more difficult to get it.

 

What makes Ebola a such a huge threat, is that it can not be prevented nor treated. No vaccine has been found. However, thousands of dollars have been designated to this search. The latest advances have been made by the University of Virginia School of Medicine. The team behind the discover found out how the deadly virus makes its way into the body cells, now that they have the “why”, scientist are working on the “how” to stop it.

 

Until this needed cure appears, all the world can do is wait, and hope for a brighter future.

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