It is disappointing to read on a daily basis the current crisis we are experiencing in the United states and throughout the World with the ebola virus. What was first dicovered in 1976 in the Democratic Republic of Congo in Africa is creating major health concerns again as governements and agencies prepare to fight this infectious disease. Much about this virus remains unknown, according to the Center for Disease Control, with the leading carriers for the disease being animals. Ebola has occured primarily in the African continent, but as we have realised recently the spreading of this deadly disease knows no boundaries.
Those who are most at risk of the disease are those who come into contact with the infected wildlife, blood or bodily fluids of those individuals who are infected, and the healthcare workers attempting to provide care. Seeing and hearing of those wonderful caring individuals who gave their lives or are currently suffering with the virus is very sad, as they and many others are working diligently to show love and care. The disturbing questions and dangers this disease is posing due to it’s ability to spread so rapidly is causing many to overlook their sacrifices.
Understandibly though, there are serious risks that we as individuals and governments need to consider as steps to combat the further spreading. What appears to as a mostly reactionary efforts from those responsible for the care and welfare of our people, needs to implement stronger and more widespread precautions at our borders until this crisis is under control. A much stronger response from our leadership is necessary to enable the resources and attitudes to better defeat this virus. I pray that whatever resources are required and are available currently are put into a position immediately.
Do you feel that the current ebola outbreak is a serious threat? What do you feel we as a country and as a world should do to control and eliminate this current strain?
For more information about this topice, please visit the Center for Disease Control’s website at http://www.cdc.gov/.