Ebola is a disease that first plagued Africa in 1976, but a large number of new reports surfaced in March 2013. Though this virus has been associated with Africa since the seventies, some Americans are in panic as a few cases in this country have been found, traveling and treating being the likely cause.
The two men who worked with those who have Ebola in Africa this past summer were diagnosed on 27 July 2014, and they were given a new drug on the 31st. An unnamed patient was isolated in the hospital and happened to be released on 15 Oct., after stating, “I anticipate being discharged very soon, free from the Ebola virus and able to return safely to my family and to my community.”
Most who have been diagnosed with Ebola are still alive. However, the man who was the first to receive word on having the virus, Thomas Eric Duncan, was declared dead on 8 Oct. 2014.
Cases of people experiencing symptoms or actually having contracted the virus are since fewer, though some are still popping up. Amber Vinson, the nurse who was said to be treating a patient who has Ebola, was experiencing fever, but was still allowed to board a plane. She was at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas as of 15 Oct.; however, on that same day, Vinson was diagnosed with Ebola and taken to Emory University Hospital.
Despite diagnoses within the United States, President Barack Obama believes this is not something to worry about. “What we’re seeing now is not an ‘outbreak’ or an ‘epidemic’ of Ebola in America,” he stated in his speech regarding the virus. “This is a serious disease, but we can’t give in to hysteria or fear.”
Megan McKern, Staff Writer
Sophomore Megan McKern is a staff writer for the 2014-2015 Colonel. She participates in GSA, fencing, and the indoor soccer team.