Several countries in West Africa, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, are reporting the worst Ebola virus outbreak in history. Over 700 people have died and the virus is still spreading.
So how much do you know about the Ebola virus and what are the chances of it spreading into the US?
There are five different viruses that cause Ebola virus disease. According to the World Health Organization:
- Ebola virus disease (EVD), formerly known as Ebola haemorrhagic fever, is a severe, often fatal illness in humans.
- EVD outbreaks have a case fatality rate of up to 90%.
- EVD outbreaks occur primarily in remote villages in Central and West Africa, near tropical rainforests.
- The virus is transmitted to people from wild animals and spreads in the human population through human-to-human transmission.
- Fruit bats of the Pteropodidae family are considered to be the natural host of the Ebola virus.
- Severely ill patients require intensive supportive care. No licensed specific treatment or vaccine is available for use in people or animals.
The CDC has informed the airline industry to be on the watch for anyone with flu-like symptoms. They’ve also alerted Customs and Border Patrol to watch for people who may exhibit symptoms of EVD.
In case you’re wondering, the symptoms are:
“EVD is a severe acute viral illness often characterized by the sudden onset of fever, intense weakness, muscle pain, headache and sore throat. This is followed by vomiting, diarrhea, rash, impaired kidney and liver function, and in some cases, both internal and external bleeding. Laboratory findings include low white blood cell and platelet counts and elevated liver enzymes.”
“People are infectious as long as their blood and secretions contain the virus. Ebola virus was isolated from semen 61 days after onset of illness in a man who was infected in a laboratory.”
“The incubation period, that is, the time interval from infection with the virus to onset of symptoms, is 2 to 21 days.”
Is there a danger of Ebola entering the US and spreading? Most definitely! All it takes is for one infected person to enter the country and then come in contact with others. EVD is spread through contact with bodily fluids which could include saliva, blood, urine, feces, tears and even nasal mucus. An infected person could transmit the disease simply by coughing or sneezing on someone.
Consider the fact that some of the illegals that have been detained by Border Patrol agents have come from the same West African nations where the outbreak is occurring. Illegals have already been found to carry other infectious diseases such as TB and dengue fever and some Border Patrol agents have already tested positive for TB just by processing the illegals.
On the news today they said the chances of EVD spreading into the US are remote, but this is the same liberal news that ignores the seriousness of the border crisis and the other dangerous diseases already being transmitted by infected illegals. It would only take one infected illegal from West Africa to spread the disease into the US. There is no cure and the fatality rate can be as high as 90%.
Many illegals tend to congregate together, making the spread of Ebola more likely. They’ll shop in the same stores you and I shop in. All they have to do is cough or sneeze and then touch anything in the store to infect someone else. The danger is real.
Yet, Barack Obama is not taking any steps to further secure our border with Mexico, knowing that thousands of illegals pour in every day. The fear of deadly diseases is not enough for him to take the proper action to secure the border and protect Americans. Obama doesn’t care about your health or the health of your family. All he cares about is allowing thousands more illegals into the US so they can vote for Democrats. He is risking our health and lives for the sake of votes. I don’t wish anyone to get infected with the Ebola virus, but if it happens, I hope it strikes the White House first. Then perhaps Obama may think differently and do what he should be already doing to protect the country.