5 Things You Should Know About The Ebola Outbreak

There's no need to panic, but it's always wise to be informed.

An Ebola outbreak has plagued West Africa and has claimed 729 lives in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone,nd Nigeria this year. Though the outbreak has been mostly contained in the affected regions, many sick patients have refused to go to isolation centers and have infected family members and other caregivers.

JSYK, here are five facts about the Ebola disease:

1. Ebola virus disease (EVD) is a severe, often fatal illness in humans. Outbreaks have a case fatality rate of up to 90%.

2. EVD outbreaks occur primarily in remote villages in Central and West Africa, near tropical rainforests.

3. The virus is transmitted to people from wild animals and spreads in the human population through human-to-human transmission. While health officials say the virus is transmitted only through direct contact with bodily fluids, many sick patients have refused to go to isolation centers and have infected family members and other caregivers.

4. Symptoms of the disease include high fever,  bleeding from the eyes, mouth, and central nervous system damage.

5. There is no vaccine or cure for Ebola.


Sources: bbc.com and Philstar

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