Deadliest Virus Ebola spreads in the African continent
Ebola, the deadliest virus known to man, is ramming West Africa, creating a havoc in the region. Health experts and ministers are coming together in Ghana to find a solution to prevent the what is known as the largest outbreak of the Ebola virus.
The World Health Organization also warned that extreme care is required to stop the virus from spreading. So far, about 759 cases have been reported and this includes 467 deaths in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. The outbreak which began in March 2014 is still continuing to spread to different parts of the continent.
This is the “largest in terms of the number of cases and deaths as well as geographical spread” according to WHO.
It is feared that the virus could kill at least 90 percent of those affected. Dr. Peter Piot, the scientist who discovered the virus said, “One, [this is] the first time in West Africa that we have such an outbreak.”
“Secondly, it is the first time that three countries are involved. And thirdly it’s the first time that we have outbreaks in capitals, in capital cities.”
Health ministers of about 11 African nations including Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Uganda are meeting at Ghana. The meeting will also include health experts, survivors and representatives of the WHO.
Representatives of popular Airlines and mining companies and nations who donate funds and efforts to combat the virus will also be present at the meeting.
There were 22 new cases reported between June 25 and 30 and about 14 of them died. The symptoms start with a high fever, fatigue and headache and worsen to cause diarrhea and vomiting. In the meantime, the virus kills the blood’s ability to clot and the person dies due to internal and external hemorrhaging.