More Information About Ebola

By: Anish A

The current outbreak of Ebola originated in Guinea and has ever since travelled between countries like Sierra Leone and Liberia. The first case of this monstrous outbreak was in March 2014. The recent Ebola outbreak (2014) has killed more than 4500 people. In the current outbreak there has been more cases and deaths than in all other outbreaks combined. For that reason it is the largest and most complex outbreak since this virus was first recorded in 1976. In 1976 the Ebola virus broke out in two different places, Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Ebola virus originated from a village near the Ebola River from where the virus got its name. Recently Ebola spread to the U.S. when Thomas Eric Duncan unknowingly flew from Liberia to the Texas on September 19. Duncan was hospitalized on Friday September 25, 2014, but since he did not have insurance he was released from the hospital. Two days later went to the hospital in an ambulance. Two days after that he was diagnosed with Ebola. Eight days later he died. There is a also a second case in the USA spread by Duncan. That second case (Amber Vinston) flew to the Cleveland area and then came back to Texas. Some organizations that help people with Ebola are the World Health Organization (WHO), Doctors Without Borders and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Everybody should not be freaking out statistically speaking. People say this because Ebola and similar viruses don’t usually happen in big numbers as they currently are.