As many people may have known, the recent outbreak of the Ebola virus disease (EVD) in West Africa has caused great panic and paranoia around the world. Also known as the Ebola hemorrhagic fever, the virus is a contagious, life-threatening disease which can lead to fatality if not treated with proper care. The Ebola virus has severely affected countries such as Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia, and possibility further outside the borders of each country. Since the outbreak in December of 2013, more than 2,000 people were infected and about 1,000 deaths resulted from the disease. Although there is no cure for the virus, scientists and doctors are working on finding a vaccine that would prevent the disease. As for now, a lot people are confused and fearful of getting the Ebola virus transmitted onto them, and are not aware of the precautions many of the countries around the world have taken to contain and care for those who are infected.
There are currently two confirmed cases of Ebola that were diagnosed in the U.S., according to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention. Patient 1 had traveled to the states from West Africa, and started feeling symptoms of the virus a few days after arrival, eventually leading to medical attention. Patient 2 was a healthcare worker that provided care for Patient 1 that caught the virus. Although it may seem scary that the virus is now in the U.S., both patients were quickly put into isolation and treated with cautious care. Because of this, many questions arose around the country. Will everyone that came in contact with the patients have the Ebola now? Am I going to get the virus? The answer is: no. Many people do not know exactly how the virus is spread and come to false conclusions about the characteristics of Ebola. The virus can only be transmitted if the carrier is showing active symptoms, such as fever or reddening of eyes or internal/external bleeding. Even so, Ebola can be passed only if bodily liquids are exchanged. The virus also cannot be spread through the air. Being in the same room and breathing the same air of an infected will not get you infected. Although the risk of an outbreak in America is very low since it cannot be passed on through casual contact, the Center of Disease Control and Prevention still went an extra mile to make sure the chances are even smaller by isolating those who are ill and contacting people that were exposed to the ill person. They closely studied every file case related to the patients and rigorously monitored those who might have a chance of attaining the virus.
There are a lot of misconceptions of the Ebola virus that brought the world into great panic. A deadly virus with no known cure is bound to have questions flying left and right. Fortunately, with the pre-measured planning done by the disease control centers to contain and tend for those who are infected, along with the informing of the general public with facts about the virus, has helped calm the population from more disaster