We have been hearing news stories about Ebola daily capturing the attention of the nation. According for the US Center for Disease Control (CDC) the 2014 outbreak of Ebola in the West Africa region is the largest ever recorded.The first reported outbreak of Ebola, also known as Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever, Ebola Fever, was in 1976. The media, along with the CDC has identified 4 cases of Ebola in the US to date.
We have learned that this virus is spread via direct contact with body fluids from someone who is symptomatic. How do we prevent this virus?
Prevention recommendations include from simply staying away from areas experiencing outbreaks, avoiding those infected with Ebola and hand washing to the World Health Organization’s “Listen to and follow directives issued by your country’s respective Ministry of Health”.
In the United States prevention steps currently range from the quarantine of US troops and medical workers returning from the West African region to airport screenings. Drugs are also in development to combat this virus.
Learn what EVMS Infectious Disease experts say about Ebola by visiting;
EVMS Faculty Provide Facts on Ebola
Curious to learn more facts about Ebola? Visit the websites below;
Ebola – Frequently Asked Questions (Virginia Department of Health)
Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever (CDC)
Ebola Facts: Where are the most new cases being reported? (New York Times)
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Ruth Smith, MLIS