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First Ebola Case in the US


By Lyndee Zeller


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the first United States case of Ebola Tuesday, September 30, 2014. Don’t mind the upcoming flu season, get ready for Ebola. The deadly virus has taken over three thousand lives in West Africa already, including some US medical aides’. Officials at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital reports the unidentified person with the virus is being kept in isolation as stated by BBC News. It also confirms that the man is suspected to have been traveling to Liberia where he contracted the virus before coming to the States two weeks ago. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director, Thomas Frieden, “the unnamed patient left Liberia on September 19 and arrived in the US the next day without displaying any symptoms of the virus”. Currently, health officials are working to identify any who came in contact with the unidentified person as he returned to the US. The people who he was in contact with will be monitored for 21 days to see if the Ebola-fever develops.

Bill Gates was interviewed about his contributions to Ebola aide from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation that provides substantial global health related research and aide. Gates is confident the US will stop the spread of Ebola successfully. BBC says that the virus “seemed to be contained in Nigeria and Senegal, with no new cases reported there for almost a month”.

Ebola virus disease (EVD) symptoms include high fever, bleeding and central nervous system damage. It is spread by body fluid such as blood and saliva. The fatality rate can reach 90% but current outbreak has mortality rate at at about 70%. There is no proven vaccine or cure. The incubation of the virus disease is between two to twenty one days. It is believed that the fruit bat is the natural host of the virus.

The outbreak in West Africa first started in March of 2014. The disease’s discovery was in 1976. In August the United Nations health agency declared an “international health emergency”. There does not appear to be a positive update on areas such as Sierra Leone and Liberia. It has been contained and been continuously stabilized in areas of West Africa like Nigeria, Guinea and Senegal.