History of Ebola, Outbreak locations, Prevention, Need for Supplies
What Is the History of Ebola?
Ebola hemorrhagic fever (also just called Ebola or EHF) is a highly contagious illness and is often fatal in nonhuman primates (chimpanzees, monkeys, and gorillas) as well as humans. The cause of outbreaks is an infection with the Ebola virus (see Ebola Pictures). The virus got its name from a river in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire) in Africa, where it was first recognized.
There are four identified subtypes of Ebola virus. Three of the four have caused disease in humans:
Ebola-Zaire. Continued READING
There’s no vaccine to prevent Ebola. The best way to avoid catching the disease is by not traveling to areas where the virus is found.
Health care workers can prevent infection by wearing masks, gloves, and goggles whenever they come into contact with people who may have Ebola. Currently Happenings
Need For Supplies
Ebola supplies are in demand in disease-stricken areas of West Africa, but shipments are backlogged, quarantined and delayed as supply ships are turned away and airlines cancel flights to the region. Brussels Airlines reported an 80-ton backlog of supplies at its hub airport and is considering adding charter flights, even though it has now resumed regular service after three days without operations. British Airways has suspended service to Liberia and Sierra Leone until next year. Air France-KLM has cancelled flights.