The Ebola Outbreak.

The case of a man recently dying in a Dallas hospital after being diagnosed with Ebola has raised concerns and fears about the deadly disease. Thomas Eric Duncan, who died on Sept. 30, had traveled to the United States after contracting the disease in Liberia. After the shocking news that the disease had made its way to the United States, many have begun to seek answers about the disease, its symptoms and how it is spread.

Jonathan Torres, a carwash manager, admitted to not knowing what the consequences were of getting Ebola and how it was spread.

Torres said that the Ebola situation seems too much like the 1995 movie “Outbreak,”
which depicts the outbreak of a deadly virus that spreads rapidly and has no cure.

“I hope the U.S. administration and the health department handles this situation delicately because it concerns the health and lives of a country,” Torres said. “We don’t need more diseases and more problems.”

According to information from the World Health Organization, the Ebola virus was first transmitted to people from infected wild animals in parts of Africa. In humans, the virus lives inside bodily fluids such as blood, vomit and feces and is spread through direct contact with such fluid. Initial symptoms include fever, fatigue, muscle pain, headache and sore throat. In more advanced stages the virus causes vomiting, diarrhea, a rash, and impaired kidney and liver function. It is often fatal in humans and there is no cure.

Doctors say close contact is the usual way for people to become infected with Ebola
virus. Those who are most vulnerable to catching the virus are health care professionals who are helping sick patients, as they have to be near fluids infected with Ebola when they draw blood or clean vomit.

Dr. Stephanie Eijsink-Roehr, head of the medical clinic at TJC, said that in the case of Thomas Eric Duncan, hospital and health officials placed those who had close contact with him on a 21 day isolation, and then determined the virus had not been transmitted to others. That would change when Nina Pham, a 26-year-old nurse at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital came into the hospital Friday night and was diagnosed with Ebola. She’s now in isolation and in stable condition. It’s the first known case of Ebola being transmitted within the U.S.

Laura Roberts, an East Texas Medical Center nurse, said researchers and government officials are working hard to find a cure and answers to the disease. She believes it is likely that more Ebola cases will be diagnosed in America.

“People should make an effort to know the facts,” said Roberts. “I recommend that people read and research a little bit more about the Ebola Virus Disease. It will help the nation and its people know how to prevent such a disease.”

Dr. Eijsink-Roehr said that increased travel during the holidays may increase the chances of other infected people coming into the United States. She is recommending that teachers and TJC personnel discourage students from any travel to West Africa, where thousands have died from the virus.

9 COMMENTS

  1. I agree with this completely. The lack of preparedness has cost us precious time in making this not become an outbreak. Stay out of West Africa until this has all been resolved. Stay safe everyone.

  2. To fully understand the gravity of the situation the history of the virus must be evaluated. With the identification of hemorrhagic fever in 1976, only 1,716 cases where reported. This year alone the toll surpasses 12,000 cases and 5,000 deaths. You have to ask, why is it in the 70’s when medical advances had yet to be discovered and still in an elementary stage, can the virus be contained with minimal contamination. Yet, in the modern day of medical advances and technology, the virus seems to be uncontrollable. Is it a new strain? Has it mutated to something else that we don’t know about, and seem to think its Ebola?

  3. As serious as Ebola is, I think people are being a little over dramatic. Ebola has been an issue in Africa for awhile now but, the moment it touch American soil, that is when we truly get the story behind it. I am not implying that its not a serious matter. However, do the research first and take the steps to keep yourself healthy.

  4. It’s good for us to be aware of how Ebola is transmitted to others so that we could watch out and beware of the symptoms. We all need to keep ourselves healthy so we can stay out of harm’s way. Hopefully a cure will be found soon.

  5. Ebola is a topic that has been discussed for the past few months. As it is a very serious condition people need to take safety precautions to avoid this deadly disease. Ebola has been around for a very long time in Africa and now has hit the United States harshly. People have already died from this harsh disease and are continuing to die. This spreads very quickly and the symptoms sometimes are unnoticeable. I believe this is an issue that needs to be solved as soon as possible.

  6. The virus ebola is actually on a top line of the news worldwide’.This situation must be considered by every body . The virus has already kills many people in west Africa specialy in counties such as Guinee, Sierra Leone and Liberia. Those contries where the disease start are” developping” countries with no good health system.The local hospital lack of equipment or medicine are not able to handled the problem. I think so the ebola problem should not only consider as African problem. But this is the time all the countries in world need to be united and together find a solution for the ebola problem. also every body need to know how the disease is transmetted from one person to another.Another things who is not good about this situation , is the exaggeration by the media with too much comment.

  7. Though this disease has killed people and has a higher risk of infecting people, I do believe that the media is milking it for all it is. That is there job. They have to keep us listening somehow.

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