Ebola Hemorrhagic fever is a virus which can be fatal. It is thought to be an animal to human disease which is called a zoonotic but this is not known for sure. Due to the facts that the reservoir is unknown it is hard to say how the disease is transmitted however it is thought to happen with contact with an infected animal through blood or secretions. The problem with this virus is that the symptoms in the beginning are very similar to the common flu or other viruses. In West Africa right now the only thing that they really can do is to keep the people infected with the virus in isolation and make sure to give them IV infusions of nutrients. Already there have been many deaths in the West Africian area which is creating a sense of panic within the population there and around the world. President Obama is even addressing the nation with information about the disease and the efforts we are taking to help over there.
The difference between American medicine and African way of health care is that we have more resources and are able to more readily provide for the people. Anthropologist is working to understand the culture and fears among the people. This will help not only to treat the disease but also to keep the public from panicking since that is probably the worst thing to happen during an outbreak. Governments in all countries are using funds to do research and treat the population as well as working to keep Ebola from spreading to other areas. The anthropologist are also working to help doctors to understand how the populations in West Africa perceive this disease, says Linda Poon. The goal of the mission in West Africa is to contain the current outbreak.
Poon, Linda. “Why Anthropologists Join An Ebola Outbreak Team.” NPR. April 2, 2014. Accessed August 8, 2014.