The Ebola Crisis: What is Being Done to Prevent Its Spread?

Kathryn Daigle ‘17, News Editor

The Ebola crisis has terrorized the world for almost a year now, but few people really know what Ebola is or how it can be stopped.  Ebola is an illness that manifests itself in a similar manner to the flu during its early stages. The disease starts with a raised temperature, then progresses to muscle pain, fatigue, headache, and sore throat. Then comes vomiting, diarrhea, rashes and bleeding –– both internally and externally. Those afflicted with Ebola tend to die from dehydration and, or, multiple kidney failure. Ebola is transmitted through contact with blood, bodily fluids, or organs. This virus has killed more than 7,800 people since it became a threat last year. The 2014 epidemic was the largest in history, with 8,168 cases reported.

This virus has terrified many people, but don’t worry! It can be and has been largely stopped. Since Ebola needs a host in 21 days or else it dies, isolation has been highly emphasized.  But in order for isolation to occur effectively, the patients need to be tracked. This poses a problem when there are so many cases, but with proper organization, the names are written down and the people are properly treated. Another way to stop Ebola is to make sure that people affected by the disease do not come into contact with anyone from another country, who would then carry the disease to other countries. This is why airport screening is so important. With these precautions, Ebola is stoppable. In fact, it has been largely contained in the countries where the virus spread most rapidly.

The Ebola scare maybe coming to a close, but just because the number of cases is decreasing does not mean that we should ignore Ebola and let it fade from our consciousness. Continue to pray for countries that are dealing with Ebola or its effects. Pray for the families of those who have died of Ebola, for the protection of health care workers, and that world leaders wisely determine how to lessen the disease’s impact.  We can all learn this lesson from the horrors of Ebola: We are stronger and weaker than we think because we are not immune to this disease, but we can survive it.