The current ebola outbreak in West Africa is the largest one ever recorded. The outbreak that now puts Sierra Leona, Liberia and Guinea in high alert killed over 700 and sickened over 1,300 people. The death toll includes 2 Americans that were treating patients in Africa.
The bodies of the US citizens will be taken to Emory University in Atlanta in tightly sealed isolation units.
Ebola fatality rate is as high as 90% but some did manage to recover after infection. The good news is that the current state of the death rate is 70%. People that receive immediate medical attention do have a higher chance of survival.
The World Health Organization warns that initial Ebola symptoms are similar to those of other diseases. This includes muscle aches, sore throat, headache and fever. Distinguishing Ebola from cholera, typhoid fever, malaria and even the common cold can be difficult.
The only way to get infected is to get into direct contact with an infected person’s bodily fluids, which includes feces, blood, vomit, sweat, semen or saliva. Spreading the virus in public is not likely.