A Brief Note On The Outbreak Of Ebola

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Rise Above Ebola
Vanessa Aroonprapun
Eric Cabus
Darnell Ferrer
Kristina Santos
Somatey Tan
American University of Health Sciences

Rise Above Ebola
The latest outbreak of Ebola is one of the largest epidemics in history. Starting in West Africa, it has spread to neighboring countries such as Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, causing numerous fatalities (Darrel, 2014). The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has identified five different strains of the Ebola virus—Zaire, Sudan, Reston, Bundibugyo and Tai—with Zaire and Sudan cited as being the most harmful strains with 68% and 53% average death rate respectively (Darell, 2014). The first strain of Ebola was discovered in 1976, in the Dominican Republic of Congo, and was contained until the recent mutations of different strains (Felscher, 2013). There is evidence that experimental drug, ZMapp, has helped treat Ebola infected individuals (Parshley,2014). Although ZMapp can be an expensive drug to produce, Ebola patients should be allowed to get access to this because it can help control their prognosis and mortality rate.
Why is Ebola a Concern?
Ebola is a global concern primarily because the disease is deadly, and scientists and researchers have very minimal information about the newer strains of Ebola. Due to the very little data, countries are less willing to send their top researchers to Ebola-stricken countries to conduct researches (Hewlett, 2007). According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there has

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