START A PETITION 25,136,189 members: the world's largest community for good
START A PETITION
x
1,463,030 people care about Health Policy

14 Die in Ebola Outbreak

14 Die in Ebola Outbreak

The hemorrhagic fever named Ebola, after the Ebola River in the Democratic Republic of Condo, is threatening populations in Uganda. Officials report that about 20 people have contracted the deadly virus in the Kibale district, which sits 100 miles west of the capital, Kampala, and 14 have died from it.

The Guardian reports that about 18 of the 20 of the currently reported cases in Uganda are connected to one family. Since Ebola quickly passes between people who have close physical contact, family members would be the first to quickly contract the illness.

The outbreak of Ebola was not confirmed until Friday afternoon and a team of health experts was dispatched to the area by the World Health Organization, the New York Times reports. Initial reports stated that a “strange illness” was affecting the area several weeks ago. It took officials time to test the strain in laboratories before confirming it was Ebola.

Ebola has become famous throughout the world for its quick and deadly effects. Certain strains kill between 70 and 90 percent of the people who contract the virus. Symptoms include muscle weakness, extremely high fever, vomiting, and internal and external bleeding. These symptoms normally escalate alarmingly quickly.

Previous outbreaks have erupted quite regularly over the years in this area of the world. The first noted outbreak took place in 1976. In 2000, Uganda suffered a major outbreak in which 425 contracted the virus and more than half died from it. In 2007, another 39 people were killed by the virus and last May a 12-year-old girl perished too.

Perhaps the most frightening aspect of Ebola is some of the mysterious aspects of the illness. Researchers still do not understand the origins of the virus or how to cure it. Ebola also has a hard time traveling very far or quickly because of its delicate composition and environmental needs, the New York Times notes.

The mysterious nature of Ebola means it is unlikely to become a biological weapon anytime in the near future, although U.S. officials have kept their eyes on Uganda over the years. A New York Times report from 2010 notes that researchers kept the Ebola virus in an unsecured refrigerator in Uganda in order to study its composition, making some fear security isn’t tight enough around the deadly virus.

Related Stories:

Cambodian Mystery Illness Solved

Cholera Outbreak Contained in Cuba

Newborn Birth Weight Drops In High Fracking Areas

Read more: , , , , , , , ,

Photo Credit: Center for Disease Control

have you shared this story yet?

some of the best people we know are doing it

26 comments

+ add your own
9:14AM PDT on Aug 1, 2012

scary!

5:45AM PDT on Aug 1, 2012

frightening

8:28PM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

The Ebola hemorrhagic fever is a terrible disease. Its one positive is that it kills its victims so quickly it often burns itself out and does not have the time to spread very far.

2:49PM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

With the advent of travel- it is just a matter of hours to get from here to there, the threat of Ebola can not be taken lightly. Control should be immediately instituted where the ebola virus is detected.

2:30PM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Still not as dangerous as antibiotic-resistant TB.

1:13PM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

I wondered where that "Condo" was located myself. Made me laugh at a very not-funny-at-all topic.

12:03PM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

sigh

9:07AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Bush meat is considered to be the vector for Ebola. A campaign to end bush meat consumption to prevent Ebola would also benefit endangered apes, monkeys and many other wildlife species in decline from human encroachment into wildlife habitat.

8:51AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

also a reminder of how important water and sanitation can be for preserving life

8:14AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Ebola is probably the scariest disease out there. Read the books about it: "The Hot Zone" and "Ebola." I was turned onto these books in my freshman health class in the International High School may years ago. They may be somewhat fictionalized, but they are both by people who had first hand experience with Ebola in Africa.
Seriously, a disease where you go crazy and then bleed out of every orifice?!? Hope our modern transportation systems don't work against us and this doesn't end up all over the world, especially with an up to 90% mortality rate!!

add your comment



Disclaimer: The views expressed above are solely those of the author and may not reflect those of
Care2, Inc., its employees or advertisers.

ads keep care2 free

Recent Comments from Causes

I have a very hard time with associating destruction of property with proclaimed love of animals.

Wonderful! I just can't believe that it was even considered that these two might be separated in adoption.…

It seems that since you were the one who first accused me of putting words in your mouth, that you're…

meet our writers

Julie M. Rodriguez Julie M. Rodriguez is an arts, green living, and political writer based in San Mateo, CA. Her work... more
Story idea? Want to blog? Contact the editors!
ads keep care2 free



Select names from your address book   |   Help
   

We hate spam. We do not sell or share the email addresses you provide.