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Ebola Virus And The United States

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The Ebola virus has come and gone through the United States, West Africa, and many other countries multiple times throughout history. Ebola is a rare, deadly disease transmitted through bodily fluids. Despite being a fatal disease, the 2013 through 2015 Ebola outbreak has kept a surprisingly low fatality rate of below fifty percent. However, this outbreak has the highest number of infected persons compared to any past Ebola outbreaks in history. Most of the infected persons reported are in West African countries: Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. One of the countries that Ebola has infiltrated but has not had a wide transmission is the United States. These are two polar opposite regions with different health policies and living environments. The United States is controlling the current Ebola outbreak better than West African countries because the United States has better health education, cleaner sanitation, and is taking precautionary measures for the transmission of Ebola nationally and globally.
Why is the current Ebola outbreak more controlled in the United States compared to West African countries?
Although the Ebola virus is widely discussed and known across the globe; the symptoms, transmission, and treatment for the disease is often unknown. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, “Ebola… is a rare and deadly disease caused by infection with one of the Ebola virus strains,” which includes four identified different strains of the Ebola virus that causes the disease in humans (“Ebola Virus Disease”). The disease is transmitted from person to person, or animal to person, through “direct contact with blood and body fluids of a person already showing symptoms of Ebola” but cannot be spread through water or...

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... three West African countries are in their developing stages and trying to move forward; however, the Ebola outbreak was a major setback. The countries taking a step in the wrong direction due to the transmission of the Ebola virus is a negative, significant addition to global public health.
The rapid, widespread transmission in Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia does not seem to be slowing down anytime soon. The precautionary measures, including public health education and the better living conditions in the United States has allowed the United States to minimize the spread of the Ebola virus into four reported cases. However, due to the lack of health education, their failure to take any precautionary measures, and the poor living conditions in these three West African countries; the total number of Ebola virus incidents has reached a record high of 25,000 cases.

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that the ebola virus has come and gone through the united states, west africa, and many other countries multiple times throughout history.
  • Explains that the ebola virus is widely discussed and known across the globe, but the symptoms, transmission, and treatment for the disease are often unknown.
  • Explains that there is no vaccine or medicine to help prevent or treat the ebola virus. recovery from the virus depends on good supportive clinical care and the patient's immune response.
  • Explains that the 2014 ebola virus outbreak started in guéckédou, guinea, and spread to neighboring countries, sierra leone and liberia.
  • Describes how the index patient for the united states traveled back from liberia after unknowingly contracting ebola.
  • Describes the transmission period of ebola, which lasted less than one month after the index patient was confirmed by the center for disease control and prevention.
  • Explains that the united states has better control of the ebola virus than west african countries because of its precautionary measures against the disease.
  • Outlines aft outlines a three-point strategy on ebola preparedness.
  • Explains that the nurse and health professionals division of the american federation of teachers is set out to help west africa during the ebola epidemic.
  • Explains that the united states has better health education than the west african countries, citing the center of disease control and prevention.
  • Explains that health education in schools is another precautionary measure being taken by the united states to fight the transmission of ebola.
  • Explains that health education has increased significantly in west african countries due to the growing infection rate of ebola.
  • Explains that the largest education initiative for the west african population is how the ebola virus is transmitted from person to person. many organizations have launched education programs in sierra leone, guinea, and liberia to educate them on the true causes
  • Explains that the spread of ebola in west africa is due to their spiritual burial practices, which require the immediate family to put the dead to rest.
  • Explains that health professionals are finding new ways to properly put the dead to rest. however, many west africans refuse to comply with safe burial practices, which is a major cause for the continuous transmission of the ebola virus.
  • Compares the united states and the west african countries in terms of living conditions and clean resources. diseases are easily transmitted to one another without knowing of the disease’s presence.
  • Compares the access to clean resources in the united states and sierra leone, liberia, and guinea.
  • Opines that the current ebola outbreak is a major marker in history for global public health. there is no vaccine for humans or cure for the disease.
  • Explains that many vaccines have been created and are in their preliminary, pre-testing step before being tested on humans. the united states has no connections to this trial but the world health organization is constantly pursuing more information on this patient.
  • Opines that the spread of the ebola virus in the west african countries is a negative, significant addition to global public health.
  • Explains that the rapid, widespread transmission in sierra leone, guinea, and liberia does not seem to slow down anytime soon. the united states has minimized the spread of the ebola virus into four reported cases.
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