Experts say Ebola is not a large threat to the U.S. for many reasons.
First, the U.S. has better health care than West Africa. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention help defend against health threats. Plus, there are plenty of supplies such as beds, gloves and rooms to handle an outbreak.
“I believe our CDC is an effective defense against any type of infection,” science teacher Charles Young said.
Ebola is a virus that has been covered over all media networks since this summer.
It is important to know about the virus and what it can do if a major breakout does happen in the U.S.
The Ebola virus was originally discovered in 1976. In March 2014, a new outbreak appeared resulting in more deaths than all others outbreaks combined.
Ebola is haemorrhagic fever that is first introduced through the contact of the virus with an open wound by entering the body. Blood, secretions, organs or other bodily fluids of infected animals, such as fruit bats in Africa, are some ways it can spread. Then, after infecting the first person, it spreads through contact by skin or blood, secretions, organs, or other bodily fluids of infected people. Surfaces and materials that have infected fluids, such as clothing, can also be a source of Ebola. It takes two to 21 days of being infected to have symptoms and become contagious.
According to the World Health Organization, Ebola causes kidney and liver failure, and low white blood cell and platelet counts. The first symptoms are fever, fatigue, muscle pain, headache and sore throat. Those symptoms are soon followed by vomiting, diarrhea, rash and in some cases internal and external bleeding occur.
The CDC understands that any case of Ebola diagnosed in the U.S. raises concerns, and any death is too many. Public health professionals across the country have been preparing to respond to the possibility of additional cases.
Some people are not worried about the Ebola crisis going on and think that this will just all blow over soon.
“There is always an epidemic going on at some time,” history teacher Summer Younie said.