|Ebola Virus. Credit http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-26726745|
Recently there has been panic over a man who displayed hemorrhagic fever symptoms in Canada. The man had returned from a trip to Africa, where there have been recent outbreaks in countries such as The Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea, and Uganda. He is currently in isolation, and has thankfully been deemed clear of the Ebola virus. According to some sources, the man had been in Liberia, where families of recent Guinea victims resided. The close connection between these family members and the diseased victims is only one piece of evidence which made healthcare officials suspicious of Ebola being the cause of the Canada man's symptoms.
It is not uncommon for the virus to spread from the corpses of victims to the living. Without proper protection the virus can easily spread through blood or other body fluids, and since one of the symptoms of the virus is profuse bleeding it is easy to imagine how readily this disease spreads. Unfortunately the virus can strike very rapidly, killing its victims within days. This gives healthcare officials very little time to contain and quarantine affected areas.
Along with trying to contain these deadly outbreaks I think it is important to try to provide sanitation equipment to high risk areas. Africa is often neglected and dismissed by the Western world, and too often crises like this are ignored until they pose a direct threat to us. (It wasn't until there was a probable case in Canada that news stations like Fox News, CNN, and BBC picked up the story.) Instead of ignoring the problem, providing basic safety equipment like gloves could prevent the spread of this disease and save many lives.
(Posted By Tim Daly) (Week 1)