Ebola was first identified in central Africa in 1976. 38 years later, this recent outbreak of the deadly disease has gotten every country in a frenzy. Yes, Ebola is a global crisis and yes this is the worst outbreak the world has seen, but Ebola in the United States is not as significant compared to the third world countries who have been suffering from the disease since last spring.
Here are 5 facts to widen your perspective about this deadly disease
1. You can only be infected by others if they have come in contact with body fluids from an infected person or objects that were contaminated from an infected person. So no, you cannot get Ebola from someone coughing on the train.
2. This most recent outbreak of Ebola is in the region of west Africa. Not north Africa or east Africa. Please pick up a geography book before you accuse all Africans for having the disease, it does come across as an offense to Africans from other nations
3. According to Forbes.com, The Ebola survival rate in the United States is 83%. The survival rate in Africa is 30-40%. Survival in first world countries such as European states and the west is extremely possible with enough medical care which is available.
4. The World Health Organization reports that, only eight patients were discovered in the US, with one death thus far. More than 8,900 people in the countries of Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal Guinea, and Sierra Leone have contracted Ebola since March of 2014, and more than 4,400 people have died.
5. According to Afri-Dev.Info health and social development agency, Liberia has 51 doctors to aid the country’s 4.2 million people. That is an average of 1 doctor per 10,000 people. And that’s why people are dying- no medical care! Just think about it- how Ebola in countries without enough medical care have a much higher chance to spread and persist. These facts might be shocking, but there is no doubt that our resources here in the US are far more advanced than any west African country. That makes it easier for patients here to be treated and cured. So again, yes Ebola is a global crisis, and yes we should all be aware, but don’t give into the propaganda.
Now I leave you with a fact chart prepared by Medicin Sans Frontiers: