Two-Year-Old Boy Identified As Ebola Patient Zero

Dwight Wade

Ten months after the first signs of trouble, Patient Zero has been identified in Africa's deadly Ebola outbreak.

CNN reports two year old Emile Ouamouno from a small village in Guniea, West Africa has been identified as the original case of this latest Ebola outbreak. Young Emile passed away just four days after first showing symptoms in December 2013. Emile's mother, grandmother and sister also lost their lives within a month.

While the exact source of transmission to Emile is unknown, Ebola is thought to be passed on to humans via contact with bats, monkeys and other animals native to the region.

According to the CDC, 13,676 total Ebola cases have been identified in Aftica as of October 27, 2014. Cases spread from Guniea to Liberia and Sierra Leonne. The virus has also seen limited cases, due to travel from infected areas, in Mali, Senegal, Nigeria, Spain and the United States. The outbreaks in Senegal and Nigeria were declared over by the CDC on October 19 and October 24 respectively.

The outbreak of course has ignited something of a panic in the United States. Politicians and public figures have fanned the flames with sensationalist rhetoric and ill conceived ideas.

The Huffington Post reported several tweets by Donald Trump as he claimed Ebola patients should not be allowed back to the United States.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 2, 2014

The bottom line for the U.S., Ebola is contained and being treated by professionals trained for just such an occurrence. The CDC is currently implementing extensive protocols to contain and combat the arrival of Ebola in the United States. Travel warnings have been issued, while Customs and Border Patrol agents have received training on a Travel Health Notice. The CDC is also working closely with health officials on how to manage suspected cases of Ebola.

Meanwhile, communities in Western Africa mourn the loss of thousands. Mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers, all taken by Ebola. All of it started with an innocent little boy who just wanted to play with his sister. He was patient zero. His name was Emile.

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