Ebola – An African Epidemic – Health and Medical Issues

In the year 1976, Ebola climbed out of its unknown hiding place, and caused the
death of 340 people. Fear gripped the victims’ faces, and uncertainty tortured
their minds. The people of Zaire waited outside clinics, churches and in their
homes for a treatment of the horrible disease, but there was no cure. They were
forced to watch people die, hoping that they would be saved from the violent
death of the Ebola virus. From the year of 1976 to the present date of 1996,
researchers have searched for origin and cure of the virus. Scientist have
carried out numerous studies and investigations, but no one has been able to
find the right explanations. Prevention of a world wide outbreak lies within the
education of what the virus is capable of doing, how Ebola victims can be
properly treated, and by performing prompt action to isolate the virus before it
has dispersed.

The Ebola virus is a member of a family of RNA viruses know as filoviruses.
Marburg virus and four Ebola viruses: Ebola Zaire, Sudan, Reston and Tai are the
five different viruses that have been known to cause disease in humans, while
Ebola Reston only causes disease within monkeys. Filoviruses are the viruses
responsible for causing viral hemorrhagic fevers. All forms of virus of viral
hemorrhagic fever begin with fever and muscle aches. Ebola Zaire attacks every
organ and tissue in the human body except skeletal muscle and bone. It is a
perfect parasite because it transforms virtually every part of the body into a
digested slime of virus particles. The seven mysterious proteins that,
assembled together, make up the Ebola-virus particle work as a relentless
machine, a molecular shark, and they consume the body as the virus makes copies
of itself. Your skin develops blood clots under the skin. Your organs turn to

mush and the underlayers of your skin die and liquefy. The !
skin bubbles up to form a blood rash. Your mouth bleeds, and you bleed around
your teeth, and you may have hemorrhages from the salivary glands. Every
opening in your body, no matter how small, excretes blood. The surface of the
tongue turns brilliant red and then falls off. It is swallowed or spat out when
you vomit up blood. Your heart bleeds in itself and you are not dead. Blood
gets into your eyelids and you weep blood. Before you finally die your body
twitches considerably from grand mal seizures.

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