The Ebola virus continues to fear, in Africa, where the epidemic began in December 2013, but also in the rest of the world, as in the USA, where there have been two suspected cases. A deadly virus in 68% of cases, according to official data, which manifests itself with general symptoms, such as fever or vomiting, and with some more specific problems, such as bleeding, internal and external. It’s scary, but the WHO assures the epidemic should be limited, we are all in danger.

From December 2013 to the early days of August the World Health Organization has registered as many as 1323 cases and 729 deaths. African countries theater of the terrible epidemic caused by the Ebola virus are the Guinea, the Sierra Leone , the Liberia and Nigeria . Even in the United States seem to be two suspected cases of Ebola, one in New York and one in a hospital in Columbus, Ohio.

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No danger to the world’s population? Experts are reassuring, but the epidemic progresses and expands quickly and British Airways in doubt has suspended flights to and from Liberia and Sierra Leone until 31 August. Today is underway, in Geneva, a summit of the ‘ WHO on this issue, a meeting to decide whether to include this outbreak of Ebola among the ” public health emergencies at the international level. “

Experts are questioning and the highest international health organization is defining the boundaries and definition to give to this epidemic. But what is it exactly? What is Ebola? The Ebola virus disease (EVD), also known as hemorrhagic fever virus Ebola is a disease that affects humans and primates, with a case fatality rate of 68%. Identified for the first time in 1976, in Africa, near the Ebola River in Congo, and Sudan, the Ebola virus is carried by animals and, in particular, seems to have been transmitted to humans by flying foxes.

The symptoms are fever, vomiting, diarrhea, weakness, muscle pain and bleeding, internal and external. After the period of incubation, which is between 2 and 21 days, the virus is infectious. And the transmission is done through bodily fluids, through contact with blood, mucus or saliva, for example.