Ebola Outbreak in West Africa


Healthcare technicians in Lagos, Nigeria, watch a demonstration of proper procedures for protection against Ebola.

On March 25, 2014, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced an outbreak of Ebola in West Africa. Ebola virus disease, or EVD, is an acute viral disease that is reportedly fatal 90 percent of the time in humans. The first cases occurred in a remote area of southeastern Guinea, near the borders with Sierra Leone and Liberia. The disease soon spread to these neighboring countries, as well as Nigeria. As of August 31, more than 3,700 “suspected and confirmed” cases were known. The death toll had risen to 1,848—more fatalities in six months than in all previous outbreaks of the disease, combined. The largest number of deaths has occurred in Liberia.

The current Ebola epidemic, which is the first the world has seen, threatens to become a global concern. The number of cases is increasing rapidly. The WHO and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) are warning that Ebola might spread to other continents and are calling for an urgent international response. Efforts by the health ministries of the four affected countries are failing to contain the epidemic, and health workers trying to treat those afflicted with the virus are themselves falling victim.

No licensed vaccine for EVD exists, but pharmaceutical researchers are hoping to rush one to market. The National Institutes of Health recently began testing an Ebola vaccine on human subjects. At least one promising drug is being readied for use in treatment. The eruption of the disease in West Africa came as somewhat of a surprise to health officials. Although occasional Ebola outbreaks had occurred since 1976, when the first human case was documented, EVD had been seen mostly in isolated circumstances, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sudan, Congo, Gabon, and Uganda.

Image credit: © CDC/Sally Ezra

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  1. Alyssa says:

    This is a big problem. If I was there then I would be freaking out!

  2. TIYE says:


  3. Matt says:

    It sounds horrible !!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. arkldeen says:


  5. jack says:

    it might bring the down fall of the u.s.a.

    • surpriser says:

      why would you say that

    • The Internet Helper Guy says:

      It could not bring the downfall of the U.S. It’s too well protected. Plus there might be a chance of a cure, and it involves cows DNA mixed with a patient that is immune I think 😛

    • Helpful Internet Person says:

      It could not bring the downfall of the U.S.,

  6. Anonymous says:

    u are really mean

  7. kane says:

    really mean

  8. tony says:

    why is there no cure for this?

    • Anonymous says:

      Because it has yet to be invented. It’s a pretty recent outbreak and these things take time and money.

      • Helpful Internet Person says:

        well, they are working on a cure. its mixed with cow DNA and human immune DNA or something.

  9. emma says:


  10. emma says:

    this is alot of reading!!!!!!

  11. emily says:

    this is boring….

  12. tonya says:

    hi this is very sad i wish that people just clean there hand it is very sad dispointing

  13. CjP says:

    someone cares

  14. Amendment men says:

    u would care if you got Ebola!

  15. Maggie .m says:

    everyone should care!!!!!!!!

  16. Anonomys says:

    This is really seriouse

  17. anon says:

    I’m gonna go wash my hands

  18. surpriser says:

    people are freaking out in America and getting really worried about it here. But what if you were in Africa

  19. surpriser says:

    what makes it worse is when people make jokes and joke about it

  20. randy says:

    ebola iswtf

  21. Ayon :D says:

    Hey Guys!

  22. Anonymous says:

    oh no

  23. Hunter Jackson says:

    HEY YOU GUYS!!!!

  24. Taylor says:

    This seems very much like a shock article. They’re spinning all the negatives and wording it especially so that everything looks apocalyptic and deadly. Yes this strain is more deadly than the others of its kind. Is it treatable? Probably, just give it time.

  25. David G says:

    really scary stuff

  26. David G says:

    Really really scary stuff!!!

  27. David G says:

    Be careful suckas

  28. Bella says:

    Dang…has anyone made a cure in case it comes back? They said they’ve pretty much fixed it on the news, didn’t they?

  29. Erin says:

    this is just terrible how ebloa spreads around the world..

  30. nik kil says:

    they say over 3,700 people have suffered from ebola and they want to have a stop to the ebola

  31. GeordanYoung says:

    how did ebola get here in the first place.Can you people make it stop before it gets to my family and friends or me i am trying to go to college and get a good job and make money to support my family who supported me all my life.

  32. chris says:

    holy moly

  33. relyt says:

    its already in the usa … if you didnt know that already

  34. anthony says:

    i like pears

  35. tyler says:

    tyler was here 🙂

  36. Jiggly Worm says:

    Make ebola stop they should put people who have ebola in a sepreate place so people who dont have will not get it

  37. billy says:

    make ebola stop

  38. Maddy says:

    I think scientist should be working on finding a cure to Ebola. I just think it ridiculous that it is taking so long to do it.

  39. Maddy says:

    Reply to Georgayoung well it got her because this dude went to africa and brought it back and he gave it to people on the plane and the nurse that was on the plane got it from him so he gave it to like 7 people

  40. Anonymous says:

    who’s the author???

  41. ANONMUDMS says: