The ebola virus has become a major problem in Africa recently, although the virus has been around for quite some time. West Africa is currently facing its worst outbreak of the ebols virus known in history. The World Health Organization reported over 1,000 deaths due to the ebola virus. According to a New York Times article, Dr. Margaret F. C. Chan, the director general of the World Health Organization, a United Nations agency, told a news conference at its Geneva headquarters, “This is the largest, most severe, most complex outbreak in the nearly four-decade history of the disease.”
The ebola virus causes bleeding inside and outside of the body, damages the immune system and organs causing blood-clotting cells to decrease leading to excessive bleeding. Mosg of the time the ebola virus is fatal. The origin of ebola virus started from animals like monkeys, chimps, and fruit batd and were passed to human beings because the virus is highly contagious. Ebola virus is spread between countries through traveling, if you come in contact with an infected person it could be spread, also through needles and surfaces, bodily fluids and skin contact. The ebola has no current cure and people who are found to be infected with this virus are put in isolation away from others.
The ebola virus has become politcial and social because it is spreading to other coubtries from people who visit Africa, it has come to the United States especially through travel as I stated before. Many officials here in the United States are informing and warning people to keep an outbreak from happening in the United States.
“Understanding local customs — and fears — can go a long way in getting communities to cooperate with international health care workers,” says Barry Hewlett, a medical anthropologist at Washington State University. He also said that their mission as anthropologist was to help health care workers and doctors understand the perception of the disease from a local population which will help in aiding and keeping the outbreaks under more control.
Poon, Linda. “Why Anthropologists Join An Ebola Outbreak Team.” NPR. April 2, 2014. Accessed August 8, 2014.
Cowell, Alan, and Nick Cumming-Bruce. “W.H.O. Declares Ebola in West Africa a Health Emergency.” New York Times, August 8, 2014.