The Ebola Outbreak – Important Things to Note

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By now, word has gone round on the spread of the deadly Ebola virus in parts of West Africa, including Liberia, Sierra Leone – and most recently, Nigeria.

The World Health Organization has released a health alert describing the facts about this disease, and what we can do to ensure we are informed and take preventive measures against contacting this virus. This comes especially important as this disease is incurable and no vaccines have been developed to combat it.

See the alert below.

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1. What is Ebola virus disease?

Ebola virus disease (formerly known as Ebola haemorrhagic fever) is a severe, often fatal illness, with a death rate of up to 90%. The illness affects humans and nonhuman primates (monkeys, gorillas, and chimpanzees). Ebola first appeared in 1976 in two simultaneous outbreaks, one in a village near the Ebola River in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the other in…

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