Ebola Essay

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World Literature The Ebola Virus is a serious illness which is fatal if untreated. Ebola first appeared in 1976 in 2 simultaneous outbreaks, one in Nazra, Sudan and the other in Yambuka, Democratic Republic of Congo. The current outbreak in West Africa is the largest and most complex Ebola outbreak since the virus was first discovered. There have been more cases and deaths in this outbreak than all other combined. The most severely affected countries are Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. It is said that fruit bats of the Pteropodidae family are natural Ebola virus hosts. Ebola was introduced into the human population through close contact with the blood, secretions, organs and other bodily fluids of infected animals such as…show more content…
They were given a rare drug called ZMapp that supposedly saved their lives. That instantly set off loud protest and shouts of racism and indifference, and that American health and medical officials outright turn their back on Africans who are dying from this disease. The wicked reality is there is no known cure for the virus once it is in your system. Stated earlier there is only ZMapp. The problem with this is that it’s still regarded an as experimental drug and is on the ground floor in use in the treatment of Ebola. The supplies of the drug globally are severely limited. The charge of racial double standard, though, can’t be separated from very real sleazy and criminal history of the huge indifference and even spiteful neglect of the health needs of African Americans. There is the infamous Tuskegee experiment in which black males suffering from syphilis were intentionally allowed to suffer and die for four decades with the knowing consent of the U.S. Public Health Service without and treatment. There’s still widely racially disparate availability of health care and treatment between blacks and whites here. There is cause for suspicion that when a dreaded disease like Ebola strikes and the visible face of the victims are black then the racial double standard kicks in instantly. As much as I hate to admit it, there will be more cases of Ebola that turns up in the U.S. People will be watching closely to see how

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