ebola outbreak

      Ebola virus is one of the most deadliest virus in the world, it can kill 90% of those infected. according to CNN the Ebola outbreak in coastal West Africa is still contained to Guinea and Liberia, the World Health Organization announced Tuesday, despite rumors of the virus spreading to other countries.

Cases have been reported in Sierra Leone, Mali and Ghana, but the WHO says none has been confirmed. Rumored cases in Mali are still being investigated.

The number of suspected cases in Guinea has grown to 157, with 101 deaths. Sixty-seven have been confirmed as Ebola. In Liberia, 21 cases have been reported, including 10 deaths. Five of the cases have been confirmed as Ebola.

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WHO (world health organization): Key facts of ebola

  • The Ebola virus causes Ebola virus disease (EVD; formerly known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever) in humans.
  • EVD outbreaks have a case fatality rate of up to 90%.
  • EVD outbreaks occur primarily in remote villages in Central and West Africa, near tropical rainforests.
  • The virus is transmitted to people from wild animals and spreads in the human population through human-to-human transmission.
  • Fruit bats of the Pteropodidae family are considered to be the natural host of the Ebola virus.
  • No specific treatment or vaccine is available for use in people or animals.

Reference

       WHO: Ebola outbreak one of ‘most challenging’ – CNN.com. (n.d.).

                   Retrieved from http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/08/health/africa-ebola/

      WHO | Ebola virus disease. (2014, March).

                  Retrieved April 2014, from http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs103/en/

 

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