Thursday, August 14, 2014

Is Ebola Outbreak a Global Health Disaster?

By Charles Ogallo.

Fear of Ebola Outbreak has engulfed the entire world with increasing cases of infections and death from the deadly virus being reported daily across Africa.

Health workers across the globe have been put on high alert as World Health Organization WHO classifies several countries in Africa mainly West Africa as high risk areas for the deadly Ebola stain.

West African nations have been struggling to control both the deadly outbreak and the fear it has created.

WHO at a press conference in Nairobi, Kenya Wednesday named Kenya among African nations vulnerable to Ebola outbreak as a result of being major transport hubs in the region receiving 76 flights a week.

The U.N. health agency says 1,013 people have died so far in the Ebola outbreak in West Africa of the 1,848 suspected or confirmed cases recorded by authorities. The killer virus is spread by direct contact with bodily fluids like blood, diarrhea and vomit.

However more questions than answers are being raised as to whether the current Ebola strain could have come from illegally-trafficked apes.

According to, the original explanation for the virus breaking out in this remote part of southeastern Guinea, near the borders of Sierra Leone and Liberia, was that people had eaten infected bush-meat.

"Fruit bats are thought to be the natural reservoir of all strains of Ebola virus, and they can pass it on to other species in various ways, including through their feces, dropping pieces of half-eaten fruit that other animals eat, or by being butchered and eaten themselves as bush-meat" Says the report.
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