I chose to discuss Ebola in West Africa for a multitude of reasons, the main one being that I have a friend who is currently volunteering in Ghana, a country in Africa that is neighboring the countries suffering from this epidemic. I am obviously very concerned for him, so I thought it would be a great time to become more educated on the topic of the disease. Not only that, but I myself was just recently volunteering in Ghana, so the devastating consequences of what can really happen while you are abroad is hitting me hard. Global experts who are currently abroad have declared this Ebola epidemic and international health emergency that needs help from a global standpoint. This disease is crazy. It has been described as “one of the world’s most virulent diseases.” It is highly contagious and kills anywhere from 50%-90% of the people who become infected from it. There is currently no vaccination for it, which is a reason it needs to be carefully looked at by people all over the world, in the hopes of finding a cure for the disastrous disease. Early symptoms include a fever, headaches, weakness, muscle pain, and a sore throat. One might even think they only have the common cold. However, these symptoms later progress to vomiting, diarrhea, kidney and liver damage, and internal and external bleeding, due to organ failure. President Obama has addressed the disease and has stated that they are working to help those suffering from it, or from the fear of catching it. However, a statement will only go so far. There needs to be action, to stop the disease from spreading and to find a cure for it. Unfortunately, many of the doctors and volunteers that are trying to help people who have the disease end up contracting it themselves. There is controversy over what is to be done with these people, because putting them on a plane to be treated in our country puts the lives of American citizens at risk. The spreading epidemic is frightening and will hopefully be put to rest in the near future.
Karimi, Faith. CNN Health, “WHO: Ebola outbreak in West Africa .” Accessed August 8, 2014. http://www.cnn.com/2014/08/08/health/ebola-outbreak/.