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Monday, August 18, 2014

Attention Ebola! (Note the sign.)

Tom Parry (Ebola in africa)
Tom Parry reports from the Ebola front line, where the World Health Organisation admits the death toll of 1,145 “underestimates the magnitude of the outbreak”

The World Health Organisation admitted that the official death toll of 1,145 in the region “vastly underestimates the magnitude of the outbreak”.

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control said Ebola started with fever, muscle aches, weakness, headaches and sore throat.

The next stage is often characterised by vomiting, diarrhoea, rash and malfunction of the liver and kidneys.

Worst of all, some patients have severe internal and external bleeding and multiple organ failure.

Survival rates are less than 40%, and there is no vaccine or treatment, although a trial is underway in Liberia.

That is why the capital Monrovia is currently gripped by paranoia and ­suspicion over the spread of the disease.

Throughout Monrovia there are huge advertising hoardings warning people of the dangers.

Yet in the filthy slums, many seem to be going about their Sunday afternoon business as normal.

Torrential rain fell all day, turning the shanty town tracks into a putrid quagmire.

It must be the ideal breeding ground for a virus so contagious a quick touch on the arm from a sufferer is apparently enough to spread it.

By the time you know you should have been more careful, it might already be too late.

Inside Ebola hell: Mirrorman witnesses horror of bodies being tipped into truck at Africa clinic
(Ebola continues to be in the news. It seems it will continue to spread in africa because of the conditions there. People in africa are dying trying to save those that are dying from ebola.) Story Reports
Check out the book called "The Hot Zone". It will give you a coherent non fiction account of the deadly virus.
Ebola Cave (Kitum Cave)

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