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Viral Hemorrhagic Fever

  • Date Submitted: 01/28/2010 07:15 AM
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How would you like it if you died? Well




that’s what’s happening to people in Africa.




Their families die around them, spreading the




deadly disease further into the ecosystem.




Killing at will, this potent filovirus sweeps




through villages with reckless abandon,




destroying anything and everything in it’s way,




and then just as mysteriously as it came, it




disappears without a trace. Even with our




modern technologies, we still don’t really know




too much about this death sentence disguised as




a virus. In the following, I will do my best to




teach you about Ebola, its cousins, where it’s




from, possible cures, effects, and so on. If we




want to, we can find a cure. We control our




destiny, and it’s up to us to find an anecdote




to this killing machine.




The Ebola virus is a highly contagious




filovirus that can be transmitted by re-use of




unsterilized syringes, needles, and directly




transferring it by contact of bodily fluids that




contain high levels, or "bricks" of virus.




Aerosol transmission cannot be counted out, but




water vapor containing secretions of Ebola are




known to spread the infection. Seeing that




Ebola can be spread in numerous ways, including




being spread from animal to human, and




visa-versa, monkey handlers who work with Ebola




ridden monkeys have broken out with the infamous




hemorragic fever. The animal-to-human spread of




the virus has also killed off African tribes




that eat animals with high titers of the deadly




virus.

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