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Ebola Virus: Biggest Outbreak Ever - 30,000 Individuals May Be At Risk!

Updated on August 3, 2014

What Happened?

What seemed to be a virus that has mostly been contained in small villages in Africa has now reached the potential of a worldwide outbreak. On July 30th, 2014 a man named Patrick Sawyer boarded an airplane for Lagos Nigeria. It was the one stop he had before boarding another plane to Las Vegas for his daughter's birthday. Sawyer was allowed to board a plane in Liberia, even though he had been vomiting and suffering from diarrhea. Now because of this one mistake made by the airlines, 30,000 individuals are now in danger of contracting this deadly virus, which kills 90% of it victims. Sawyer traveled through four airports and boarded several planes. The people at danger of getting the disease are all the people on the plane that he was on and all the individuals in the airports he stepped through. However, the danger does not stop there it now extends to all the people who were in these multiple places Sawyer was in and all the people they have contacted. This latest link in the chain of events may be the beginning of a worldwide epidemic. There could now be tens of thousands of individuals infected with this highly deadly virus. Sawyer was just hours away from boarding a plane to return to America, to a highly populated city, Las Vegas. Quarantine measures need to be stepped up or the world may be looking at the next black plague.

Death Toll Continues to Rise

8 weeks long. However, the virus made it to a highly populated African city and took hold. This is where all the problems really began. All other Ebola viruses have been in small villages where people are usually isolated to one area due to lack of roads, transportation, technology, etc.. However, as of August 1, 2014 over 730 people have died. Two of them being Americans. One of the deaths being of a doctor fighting the disease on the front lines in Sierra Leone and the other of a government official named Patrick Sawyer. His death brings the American death toll to two. Sawyer has three young children and died at the age of 40. This is a terrible disease and its vicious and relentless.

However, this virus is not getting weaker, it is gaining speed and spreading quicker. It's acting like a spider web and the virus's links keep reaching further out into the populations of people and grabbing hold. When one person gets it they are infected many other individuals unknowingly and the virus has now turned into one big domino affect.

Countries in Africa that have citizens infected with the disease have been forces to close schools and public events for fear of spreading the virus to more citizen. The only thing the human population has going for it, is the speed of the virus. Sadly, since there is no known cure for the virus, it moves quite quickly and kills the host quickly before the host has many opportunities to spread the virus.

Should We Be Worried?

With the latest development of the 2014 Ebola Virus outbreak, there is a lot of fear that has been placed into people's mind. An American was allowed to get on a plane in Nigeria and to fly to four different airports while vomiting and having diarrhea. Serious provisions need to be put into place so that the virus does not spread outside of the continent of Africa. If the virus keeps spreading the other countries in the world may want to seriously think about stopping all flights into the continent of Africa. As of the beginning of August 2014, there is not need for this extreme yet, but the affects of the lone passenger that traveled through various airports and possibly infected over 30,000 people have yet to be seen.

The world may be looking at a worldwide epidemic and it needs to be contained.

Illiteracy in Africa is causing the virus to spread quicker because individuals do not know how the disease spread.
Illiteracy in Africa is causing the virus to spread quicker because individuals do not know how the disease spread.

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      Sp Greaney 2 years ago from Ireland

      Sad story, but also very worrying now for the others passengers who might have come in contact with him. Ths isn't the last we have heard of it I'd say.

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