Essay by lando16High School, 11th gradeA+, November 2014

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Landon Floyd


In my article it talked about Ebola, Ebola is a disease it is characterized by a fever, sore throat, muscle pain and headaches. Typically, vomiting, diarrhea and rash follow, along with decreased functioning of the liver and kidneys. Around this time, affected people may begin to bleed both within and outside of the body. It states that the Ebola epidemic in West African was declared a global emergency. It states that the move was largely symbolic they also did not add any trade or travel restrictions to or from the country. In the West African countries where the disease had spread it did not kill a whole lot, less than malaria and tuberculosis.

The epidemic showed governments worldwide how broken the international health system truly was. As of Aug. 6, 1,779 cases of Ebola had been reported to the Worldwide Health Organization, including 961 deaths. Of the four countries affected, Sierra Leone (with 717 cases) has suffered the worst.

The country's first reported Ebola deaths were in April this year. In approximately four months, Sierra Leone suffered a total of 298 deaths. More are surely to come.

They hoped that the Ebola outbreak would get under control quickly, like it had been with the 20 previous outbreaks of this disease. For the disease to spread it needed bodily fluids of one infected person to touch an open wound of a non-infected person. Almost all of the infections had been from caring for victims of this disease, therefore it is generally easy to stop, or contain the disease. Masks, gloves, and gowns for caregivers, preferably working in isolation units, give considerable protection was the general way to protect them from getting, and spreading the disease even farther.

Worldwide, the WHO's legally binding International Health Regulations lay rules and...