Published On: Mon, Jul 28th, 2014

Ebola Virus Outbreak Spreading to Nigeria

Ebola Virus Outbreak

The Ebola outbreak has moved to Nigeria, which, according to recent reports, is the fourth West African country to see a fatality from the Ebola virus. A Liberian national, aged 40, who arrived at the city of Lagos was the newest victim. Sierra, Liberia and Guinea have seen 1, 0193 reports of the disease since July 20 with 660 deaths.

Ebola spreads quickly and is often fatal. The World Health Organization reports that the Ebola virus disease, also known as Ebola haemmorhagic fever, usually occurs in Central and Western African villages located in proximity to rain forests and can be spread from animals to humans. From there, humans can transfer the virus to each other through casual contact. The Economic Community of West African States has established a disease control center in Guinea to battle the virus and hopefully, to eliminate it.

However, more needs to be done in terms of human resources and funding to prevent more  Ebola virus fatalities from occurring. Some have suggested closing borders, but Keiji Fukuda, deputy director general of the WHO, said such a move will create more anxiety and disruption of economies than it will help in the battle against the virus.

 

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