Outbreak Investigations: Ebola in West Africa

Ebola was first identified in 1976. Several symptoms including nausea and diarrhea are associated with the presence of Ebola virus, but the most horrifying symptom is the hemorrhagic fever of the skin and eyes (Fox, 2014). The biggest known outbreak of Ebola until now was in Uganda, in 2000. The 2000 Uganda outbreak affected 425 people and killed 224 victims (Fox, 2014). The recent outbreak of Ebola wasreported in West Africa. Thus far, more than 700 people were reported dead in four African countries (WHO, 2014b). According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 65 public health experts is in collaboration with the WHO and its Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN) partners, in assistance to the regional ministries of health and other health partners in 2 countries (WHO, 2014a). The virus is moving faster than the WHO control efforts. Many cases of Ebola in villages are unreported

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