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Ebola: What do we Know Part 1
American aid workers recently were diagnosed with the Ebola virus. Interest is high with this deadly disease and many people have many questions about the real threat of a global crisis involving the Ebola virus. What we Know: Ebola is one of the most dangerous viruses that we know because of the severity of the disease it causes. Less than half of the people infected with Ebola will survive. Ebola is a BioSafety level 4 pathogen. This means Ebola is ranked as one of the deadliest pathogens...

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Ebola – Part III
Working with Deadly Pathogens Because Ebola is highly contagious, health care workers in the U.S. wear protective equipment (Personal Protective Equipment-PPE) to prevent transmission.  Items worn include: Mask: Prevents infectious agents from getting into mucus membranes inside the mouth nose or eyes. Gloves: Keep broken skin from contact with infectious fluids r needle sticks.  workers often wear two pairs in case one breaks. Full-body protective suit: Usually made of a fluid and air resistant, woven plastic fiber.  Suit prevents exposure to body fluids,...

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Ebola Effects on Humans – Part II
Ebola's effects on humans Ebola can be spread to humans only after symptoms have begun. Symptoms can appear from two to 21 days after exposure. Day 5-9: Fatigue, headache, fever and chills Day 10: High fever, vomiting blood, rash, passive behavior Day 11: Bleeding from the nose, mouth, eyes, and anus Day 12: Seizures, internal bleeding, loss of consciousness, death

Ebola – Do We Really Need to Worry? Part I
How does Ebola spread to humans?  Good question to ponder.  Ebola is introduced into the human population through close contact with blood, secretions, organs or other bodily fluids of infected animals.  In Africa, infection has been documented through the handling of infected fruit bats, monkeys, chimpanzees, gorillas, forest antelope, and porcupines found ill or dead in the rainforest.  There is a huge trade in "bush meat" in these African countries that have outbreaks. Fruit bats are the likely natural host...

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First Ebola, Now Marburg. What are the Chances?
Marburg, a virus similar to Ebola, has hit the radar in the African country of Uganda, raising concerns about another deadly outbreak. With two lethal viruses threatening public health, many are questioning why these contagions seem to be flaring up more often — and more important, what we can do to avoid them in the future. The current Ebola outbreak originated in West Africa and has killed more than 3,800 people, more than all other past outbreaks combined. The first Marburg death...

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