West African environments may be contributing to the spread of the Ebola virus, despite the best efforts to contain its deadly grip on the world. Peter Piot, the co-discoverer of the Ebola Virus in 1976, revealed Tuesday during correspondence with the French Daily Liberation that the disease could spread, unchecked, with the conditions in West Africa.
“We have never seen an (Ebola) epidemic on this scale,”
He continued on,
“In the last six months, we have been witnessing what can be described as a ‘perfect storm’ — everything is there for it to snowball. is exploding in countries where health services are not functioning, ravaged by decades of civil war,”
Piot is also worried that the distrust in local and national governments might also add to the spread of the Ebola Virus.
“In addition, the public is deeply suspicious of the authorities. Trust must be restored. Nothing can be done in an epidemic like Ebola if there is no trust.”
Unfortunately, symptoms of the Ebola Virus do not easily tell whether an individual is infected with Ebola or is simply ill with the flu. The Virus is only transferred through bodily fluids, which may make it seem difficult for an individual to acquire in a first world country. However, in third world countries, the spread becomes much easier. Especially with family members hiding sick relatives in their homes to allow them to die in peace, rather than being inundated with tubes and needles. Martin Cudduhy told the AUstralian Broadcasting Corporation explains how ignoring the symptoms can lead to death.
“Ebola transfers person-to-person through bodily fluids. Once someone catches the virus, the symptoms are almost identical to the flu or malaria, but they quickly give way to massive internal and external haemorrhaging. Some people bleed to death from every orifice.”
Containing the virus and beating its grip on the nation is not an impossible task. However, cooperation and support of the locals and governments is necessary to contain the virus and stop it from spreading. Until all sides can work together for one cause, the virus will continue and could explode to levels that are impossible to manage. If or when the Ebola Virus spreads further without intervention, the epidemic could become far too much to manage. Gavin MacGregor-Skinner, of the Elizabeth R Griffin Research Foundation, feels that the correct tools are in place to be victorious over the virus and is ready to battle it head on, despite the devastating possibility of a world-wide outbreak. He has made it his mission to stop that from happening.
“We know that we can – we can beat this Ebola virus very easily and we know we can do that through the training that I’ve received, the experiences I have, I know that myself and my team are able to go out there and help people and ensure that this doesn’t stay around for much longer.”
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