According to the WHO: Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) is a rare and deadly disease in people and nonhuman primates. The viruses that cause EVD are located mainly in sub-Saharan Africa. People can get EVD through direct contact with an infected animal (bat or nonhuman primate) or a sick or dead person infected with Ebola virus. Ebola has reached the United States with the first person being diagnosed in Dallas after returning from a trip to Liberia. This patient died and since new cases have begun trickling in and 1000s of people are under a watch due to poor decision making with the first patient. Will we see a pandemic outbreak of the virus in the USA? According to Wikipedia, Ebola virus disease (EVD), Ebola hemorrhagic fever (EHF) or simply Ebola is a disease of humans and other mammals caused by an ebolavirus. Signs and symptoms typically start between two days and three weeks after contracting the virus, with a fever, sore throat, muscle pain and headaches. Then, vomiting, diarrhea and rash usually follows, along with decreased function of the liver and kidneys. Around this time, infected people may begin to bleed both within the body and externally. Death, if it occurs, is typically six to sixteen days after symptoms appear and is often due to low blood pressure from fluid loss.

WHO Declines to Declare Ebola a Global Emergency in Congo

from The Wall Street Journal,

Outbreak is the world’s second-deadliest, as toll reaches 1,411.

The World Health Organization declined on Friday to declare that an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo constitutes a global public-health emergency, surprising global health leaders and organizations that have been struggling to stop a deadly hemorrhagic fever that has been spreading for more than 10 months in a region plagued by rebel violence. An emergency committee of independent experts said the world’s second-deadliest outbreak of Ebola, which was detected in August 2018, doesn’t meet all the criteria for an international public-health emergency. The committee also said that declaring an international emergency could have negative consequences, such as restricting travel and trade, that could harm Congo’s economy and the response effort. “This is not a global emergency,” said Preben Aavitsland, acting chair of the WHO emergency committee, at a press conference. He said it is a “severe emergency,” however, for the Democratic Republic of Congo and its neighboring countries.

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