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The current outbreak started in West Africa’s Guinea in March and within days the virus had spread to neighboring countries Liberia and Sierra Leone. Last week, it traveled by plane when a Liberian local flew to Africa’s largest city, Lagos. The virus has killed 670 people so far. Experts are worried it could now be a single plane trip away from infecting western nations. Two American aid workers are now among scores of volunteers who rushed to lend a hand only to end up falling gravely sick themselves. In the worst Ebola outbreak ever, six nations are now on alert, there are more than 1000 confirmed cases and the death toll tops almost 700. “We’re in brand new territory here, we’ve never seen an Ebola outbreak of this scale across three countries with 1000 people affected, so it is worrying,” Melbourne University infectious disease expert Professor Cameron Simmons said. Foreign Affairs revised travel warnings just today, saying “the outbreak of Ebola virus in West Africa continues to be of significant concern”. Australians have been advised not to visit Ebola zones.
Those already there have been ordered to maintain strict personal hygiene and avoid anyone with illness. Meanwhile, frontline agencies are on the lookout for signs of sickness among arrivals at Australian airports.
The Ebola virus kills 90 per cent of those who become infected.
Symptoms are fast and furious, starting with fevers, aches and pains, then moves to vomiting, diarrhea and bleeding. The virus is spread by bodily fluids, including contact with feces, blood and sweat. There is no known cure, but the global hunt for a cure continues and Australia is leading the way.
The CSIRO has imported live samples of the virus to a high-security facility in Geelong, which is one of only a few on Earth where scientists can analyse deadly human pathogens, wearing oxygen masks in air tight rooms. “I think the likelihood of someone arriving with Ebola from West Africa is very remote but our public health experts and our clinical experts know what’s happening in West Africa and have heightened suspicion at the moment,” Professor Simmons said
WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION’S KEY FACTS ABOUT EBOLA VIRUS:
- Ebola virus disease (EVD), is a severe, often fatal illness in humans
- EVD outbreaks have a case fatality rate of up to 90 per cent
- 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 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.
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