Friday, September 14, 2012

Blog #3 Ebola Spreading in the Congo 9/14/12

The U.S. News covered the ever growing concern about the Ebola breakout in the Congo. The death toll from this concerning outbreak has reached 31 people. Just in this past week the casualties had doubled, making many health experts and the UN health agency start declaring that “this situation is serious”. The initial cause of the outbreak of this disease has yet to be determined. However, facts on how Ebola gets spread are fairly certain. It can be transferred easily through human contact. Traditional funeral practices in the region are the primary speculation as to how this disease is getting spread. The diseased bodies are washed and then put on display before burial to show respect. Doctors Without Borders are actively trying to spread the warning and educate the people in the region how to insure that Ebola does not become a part of their lives. Quarantine centers are being put into effect and a strong effort is being put into action to contain, fight, and lay this outbreak to rest.
Ebola is a disease that has been around since 1976. It seems as though the traditions of the Congo are very strong and don’t seem to be budging because of disease outbreaks like this one. In an article from NPR, the Congo has had 8 outbreaks of Ebola since 1976. Even with this many deaths, the Congo still puts themselves at risk with their traditional funerals. This outbreak could be easily spread, and if it gets out hand it could spread to other countries and devastate even larger populations. A situation like this cannot be taken lightly or be attacked slowly. A relatively small amount of infected people can grow to be something beyond controllable. In NPR’s article, a WHO spokesman described his worse fears “the outbreak was ‘out of control’ and ‘if nothing is done now, the disease will reach other places, and even major towns will be threatened.’”


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