Ebola: the deadly disease Made by delia Pullen

What is Ebola some may ask? We all know that Ebola is a deadly disease, but do we know what it really is?

Ebola is a rare and dangerous disease that causes inner and outer bleeding. The bleeding is caused from the immune system and other organs, which are slowly being destroyed by the little Ebola cells giving you only 2 to 24 days to live. These cells do not eat, breathe, or drink so it doesn't take much for them to multiply quickly, making your time shorter and shorter, with no known cure.

Ebola is just like any other cold, or flu. It is highly contagious. A single sneeze particle from an Ebola affected person touches you, and you have just gotten affected too. Or any contact of skin, and that person has also been affected. Since this virus is so contagious, you might see the people treating the sick in a beekeeper looking protective suit, to keep themselves healthy. Unfortunately most of the time the people treating it get infected too. It is critical in a time of sickness to stay away from others to keep their health in good shape, and isolate yourself as to not make yourself sicker.

You can get surprisingly get Ebola from chimpanzees and other monkey-types. Ebola is not effective on monkeys, so they are not even aware they have it. Ebola cells can be caught on another person, even after the affected is dead. So say that a monkey dies, and a young boy is hunting for his family. He picks up the dead monkey that is Ebola affected, and brings his home for all his family to eat. They don't know that the monkey is affected with tiny Ebola cells. Then soon enough they start facing Ebola symptoms and all get sick.

So what are the symptoms of Ebola? Well there are many, that come in different stages. Things like a high fever, headache and sore throat might be mistaken for a common cold. But there is also stomach pain, lack of appetite, blood seeping through your eyes and skin, and weakness that make the disease a lot more serious.

Mission school in Africa ^

A lot of people know the short gist of Ebola, but what they don't know is the history of Ebola. In 1976, a mission school (like the picture above) headmaster returned from a trip in the northern part of the country Africa and became ill and died. A while later, the nuns who had taken care of him had suffered from the same symptoms, high fever, vomit, and severe bleeding. One of the scientists who had come to the rescue and study the new disease had decided to call it Ebola because of a very close river called the Ebola (or black) river even though it had no relation with the disease.

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Chimpanzee. Photography. Britannica ImageQuest, Encyclopædia Britannica, 25 May 2016.

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Chimpanzees. Photography. Britannica ImageQuest, Encyclopædia Britannica, 25 May 2016.

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Mission School. Photography. Britannica ImageQuest, Encyclopædia Britannica, 25 May 2016.

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This colorized transmission electron micrograph (TEM) revealed some of the ultrastructural morphology displayed by an Ebola virus virion. Ebola hemorrhagic fever (Ebola HF) is a severe, often-fatal disease in humans and nonhuman primates (monkeys, gorillas, and chimpanzees) that has appeared sporadically since its initial recognition in 1976. The disease is caused by infection with Ebola virus, named after a river in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire) in Africa, where it was f. Photograph. Britannica ImageQuest, Encyclopædia Britannica, 25 May 2016.

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