One of the most commonly reported items in recent news is the ebola virus and the destruction it has wreaked in Africa. This is a serious epidemic that has left thousands of people dead. As of right now there is no cure or vaccine that can eradicate it or treat it successfully. Each case is evaluated on its own – some people survive and others don’t. One of the best ways to treat this scary sickness is to start treatment as soon as possible after symptoms are noticed.
Public health workers in the United States have recently become infected after treating a patient in a Texas hospital. There are numerous questions as to how this has happened considering all of the protocols the CDC and hospitals have in place to treat communicable diseases. The Obama administration is doing it’s best to address public health concerns, but relying on the government to reduce the risk of contracting this illness might not be the best option. It is up to us to learn what this disease entails and how to avoid it.
People who are at risk for contracting this deadly illness include anyone who has had contact with someone who has been diagnosed – especially if that contact occurred when the person was symptomatic. Symptoms include fever, vomiting, and diarrhea. Unfortunately, many of the caretakers in Africa who were trying to tend to the sick have also fallen ill. And although the infrastructure of the healthcare system within the U.S. is strong, we’ve already seen how it can spread. So far two of the people who treated the patient at the Texas hospital have been diagnosed. There’s a good chance that more will come forward during the coming weeks.
This current outbreak might affect us long into the future. As the number of people who are diagnosed continues to grow, it puts many more people at risk. Keep in mind that people who seek treatment sooner may have a stronger chance of recovery than those who wait. This is a disease that requires care as soon as possible. Also keep in mind that not everyone who contracts ebola dies, and not everyone who is around it contracts it. If you have been exposed, or think you may have been exposed, there is testing available. The CDC can help you, as can your local hospital system.