Thursday, August 21, 2014

2014 Ebola Outbreak!


--The Ebola outbreak of 2014 in West Africa has now killed 1,350 people

--It has spread to Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone

--What is Ebola?
The Ebola virus is one of the most virulent microbes known to man, killing up to 90% of those infected.
According to the World Health Organization, there have been 25 disease outbreaks in recorded history. The current epidemic in West Africa is the largest to date and has now killed over 1000 people.
--Police, Residents Clash in Liberian Slum under Ebola Quarantine
The World Health Organization said the death toll is rising most quickly in Liberia, which now accounts for at least 576 of the fatalities.  At least 2,473 people have been sickened across West Africa, which is now more than the caseloads of all the previous two dozen Ebola outbreaks combined.
--President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf:
...responded by imposing a nighttime curfew and ordering "quarantines" of West Point and Dolo Town, another densely populated slum outside the capital.  She also had this to say, "Fellow citizens, these measures are meant to save lives.  ...May God bless us all and save the state."
--U.S. Dr. Kent Brantly who was infected with Ebola is released from the hospital today:
Brantly was flown out of the west African nation of Liberia on August 2, and Nancy Writebol followed August 5. The two were infected while working at a missionary clinic outside Liberia's capital.

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