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Ebola Essay

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Unit 5 Assignment 1
The Ebola Virus
The world has been racing against time for the past few months. We have been on the watch of this deadly virus (Ebola). The Ebola virus was first isolated and identified to 1976 in the Democratic Republic of Congo. We are miseducated on this virus as a society. The problem the world has is lack of knowledge on this virus.
The virus is spread by contact of bodily fluids and blood from others who are infected. Currently there are no documented cases of the virus spreading through the air. The Government has stepped up by controlling all flights coming ...view middle of the document...

The sudden onset of fever, fatigue, muscle pain, headache and sore throat is early indicator of the virus. Vomit, diarrhea, red eyes, chest pain, cough, stomach pain, severe weight loss are further indicators of infection.
The previous countermeasures mentioned could help control the risk and the spread of .Ebola. The introduction of the following vaccines may combat the problem of Ebola. The first vaccine was developed by the U.S. National Institutes of Health and GlaxoSmithKline. The vaccine is in clinical trials now in the U.K. and in Mali. The vaccine will be used in trials in Lausanne, Switzerland, by the start of February. A second vaccine has been developed by the Public Health Agency of Canada and known as VSV-EBOV. This vaccine has been sent to the U.S. Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Maryland for testing on healthy volunteers. Tens of thousands of doses of experimental Ebola vaccines could be available for "real-world" testing in West Africa as soon as January as long as they are deemed safe. Healthcare workers and society must continue to educate and protect ourselves from the spread of this deadly virus.
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