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Ebola in 2014 and the Future

The fight against Ebola continues as 4,985 cases of the virus have been reported as of September 16th throughout Sierra Leone, Senegal, Liberia, Nigeria, and Guinea. The World Health Organization expects 20,000 more cases of Ebola by November 2nd.

Currently not nearly enough aid or materials are available for the most at-risk parts of West Africa, including a lack of treatment centers and a shortage of doctors.

Unlike the flu or a respiratory virus, Ebola is spread through contact with infected body fluids such as blood or saliva. Symptoms occur within eight to ten days of exposure and include high fever, weakness, joint and muscle aches, headaches, stomach pain, and sore throat.

Medical experts in the government worry the virus will mutate and become a threat in the United States. President Obama ensures the fight against Ebola is a top priority, with millions of dollars spent towards aid through the form of an additional 400,000 home treatment kits and 17 treatment centers in Liberia.

Written by Sydnie Boykins’15



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