Ebola Virus What Is It And Do You Need To Be Concerned?

Ebola Preparedness

 

President Obama has recently said that the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is  a “global security threat” and has announced  an initiative to send 3,000 US troops to the region and build new healthcare facilities to help stem the tide of the disease.

According to the BBC News Service Ebola has already killed more than 2,000 people, over half of those infected.  The question for us is do we need to be concerned? The answer is “yes” we need to be concerned and continue to stay informed but there is no reason to fear or start panicking.

 

The current outbreak is the deadliest since Ebola was first uncovered in 1976.

Source BBC

 

So what is Ebola? The disease only spreads by close contact and currently there is no cure nor a vaccine.  It first began last December in Guinea before spreading to Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria.

Here is a  info-graphic from the World Health organisation that explains what one needs to know while traveling to risk countries.

 

Here's what you need to know.

Facts About Ebola

1. You cannot get Ebola through air.

2. You cannot get Ebola through water.

3. You cannot get Ebola through food.

4. You can only get Ebola from touching the blood or body fluids from a person who has died from the disease or is currently sick with it.

5. Touching contaminated objects like needles.

6. Touching infected animals, blood or meat.

Source:  Centers For Disease Control and Prevention.

Furthermore the CDC is of the opinion that there is no significant risk to the United States from Ebola at present.

5 Ways To Avoid And Survive The Virus

1. Wash hands with soap and water often and use clean towels.

2. Do not touch someone whom you suspect of having the virus.

3. Avoid dead bodies if you suspect that they have died from the virus.

4. Avoid touching suspect meat, even if its a delicacy in your region.

5. Do not panic, do not spread rumors. Preventative measures are the best way to survive.

Source: BBC News

In an article entitled “25 critical facts about this Ebola virus that every American needs to know' author Michael Lynch asks the question whether average Americans need to be concerned about the virus.  He does take a slightly different tone to what I have suggested above, however if you would like to know about the 25 critical facts about the virus you can READ MORE HERE

Another good article that takes a less sensationalist tone is one from one of my favorite prepper sites. Gray Wolf Survival

In the following article the author suggests that developed nations do not have much to fear because of our high standard of health. READ MORE HERE

Finally, in an article titled Micro Terrorists The Ebola Virus Outbreak, the author suggests that people of the faith who believe in Christ have nothing to fear as…

“we shouldn’t be afraid, because we know that the God who sent his Son to die for us also sent Him to save us and not to harm us. We are not immune from the troubles of this world, but we know that God is there with us in all of them. Sometimes He walks through them with us, and sometimes He heals us and frees us. Either way, we know He loves us, and we’re going to be okay. As, Jesus said, “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33) READ MORE HERE

As always, Be Prepared, Stay Safe.

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