DID YOU KNOW?: The Worst Ebola Outbreak on Record

The Ebola Virus Hits Close to Home

Microscopic view of the Ebola virus (Courtesy of Google Images)

Microscopic view of the Ebola virus (Courtesy of Google Images)

Sabastian Eddy, Staff Writer

  • The 2014 Ebola epidemic is the largest in history, affecting multiple countries in West Africa.
  • The Ebola virus is a severe, often fatal illness in humans.
  • The virus is spread through human-to-human contact.
  • This virus is not airborne.
  • Thomas Eric Duncan of Monrovia, Liberia, is the first patient to be diagnosed with the Ebola virus in the USA. While visiting relatives, he developed symptoms and is being treated at Texas Health Presbyterian hospital in Dallas.
  • Since December, there have been 7,492 cases and 3,439 deaths attributed to the Ebola virus in five countries in West Africa and the USA, according to the World Health Organization.
  • The symptoms of Ebola are: sudden onset of fever, fatigue, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, rash, impaired kidney and liver function, and internal and external bleeding.
  • There is a 90% death rate for those who contact Ebola.
  • Currently, there is no cure for Ebola.

Sources: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, USA Today, and World Health Organization