Ebola: A Media Induced Frenzy

What is Ebola?

Ebola is a disease that is fatal as well as very infectious. It is known for causing a high fever and is linked to vast bleeding that is internal. It is a virus that is spread through the contact of a bodily fluid from someone who has it. The main carrier of this disease is unknown but it can be transmitted between humans and animals. This disease was initially discovered in the year of 1976 in two different locations. These locations were the Democratic Republic of Congo as well as Sudan. The scientists and researchers who made this discovery decided to name it the Ebola virus after the Ebola River that runs through the Congo.

It is a disease that has also been a severe problem in Africa, there it has been around for a very long time and is the death of thousands and thousands of people a year. The symptoms and signs of this virus tend to show within as little as two days or as late as three weeks once you have contracted it. First off you can experience a sore throat, a fever, some headaches and then some muscle pain. This will be followed up by a possible rash, some diarrhea and even some vomiting. Your kidneys as well as your liver will start slowing down and then you will begin to bleed both on the inside and on the outside. This disease is a very high risk disease and has been known to kill up to ninety percent of those who become infected with it. The one main reason this disease is linked to so many deaths is because of the sudden drop in the person’s blood pressure due to a loss in fluids. This symptom usually occurs between the sixth and sixteenth day of having contracted this disease.

In the media today the Ebola virus is all over, it seems there is something new and or another case of it somewhere else every day. It is obvious to not always believe the news but one should always be prepared for anything. Simply stay as clean as possible and do not go anywhere that has been linked to the virus any time soon. Also be sure to avoid possible injuries in any way, a transfer of blood or other bodily fluids is how this disease is contracted. Keep an eye on the media, do your own research and be safe but do not let the media make you believe that everything is alright.