Ebola! The news media has focused attention on an outbreak of the Ebola virus in the past month. According to the CDC, ebola causes the disease with “symptoms ranging from fever (greater than 38.6°C or 101.5°F), severe headache, muscle pain, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal (stomach) pain and unexplained hemorrhage (bleeding or bruising). Symptoms may appear 2 to 21 days after exposure to Ebola. People who recover from an Ebola infection will develop antibodies that last for 10 years.”
The World Health Organization has reported more than 5,800 cases of Ebola causing more than 2,800 deaths in the current outbreak. However, as reported in the Washington Post, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “assumes the actual number of cases is 2.5 times higher than what is officially known.” The CDC projects that 1.4 million people could be infected in Liberia and Sierra Leone by the end of January 2015.
The first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States is Thomas Eric Duncan. On September 20, 2014, Duncan, a Liberian national, arrived in Dallas. Reports indicate he came to marry his girlfriend. The couple has a son together. Duncan’s case has created anxiety, turmoil and discussion in this country.
Duncan fell ill a few days after arriving in Dallas. He went to the emergency room but he was sent home. Two days later he returned to the hospital with worsening symptoms. Many people are concerned by Duncan’s condition; some are troubled about how he is being treated.
Duncan’s case raises an ethical and moral question: Who gets treatment and why? The two American missionaries who contracted Ebola in West Africa were given access to an experimental drug cocktail called ZMapp. The drug has immune-boosting monoclonal antibodies that were extracted from mice exposed to Ebola DNA. This drug is not provided for the thousands of Africans who have the Ebola virus, including those who have died and might have been saved if given the experimental drug. Duncan is not being treated with the medication. Continue Reading
Commentary: The way these people cry RACISM one would think the KKK is riding around the country stringing blacks up from trees, eventually the country will get sick of their false racism claims. People like Jackson, Obama and Sharpton use on every issue that pertains to Black failure, what will the black community do if people just don’t want to hear them scream racism/ wolf anymore? (Vic M)
Article Org: huffingtonpost.com