Ebola is not a new virus, in fact the first outbreak of Ebola occurred in 1976 in Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo). Recently there has been an Ebola crisis in West Africa and the effects of this deadly disease are alarming. Even though most of us will probably never come into contact with the Ebola virus it is important to remember that there are still things that we can do to help in the prevention of the spread of the disease.
Giving those less fortunate a chance to fight the disease and keep it under control is an extremely important responsibility that we all have to our fellow humans, particularly those in the West African nations that have been severely affected by the Ebola crisis such as Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. These nations generally have poor infrastructure in terms of healthcare and this increases the risk of that the virus presents. Donating to an Ebola appeal is a great way to help those in need, UNICEF is one of several organisations that is focusing on the outbreak of Ebola and assisting those that require assistance.
They are also aiming to provide information about Ebola to make people aware of how to avoid it, particularly as people may not understand what the exact cause is, remember that the bubonic plague in medieval times was caused by fleas that lived on rats and this went unnoticed for a long time.
Learning more about the virus
By knowing the Ebola virus, how it spreads and its symptoms we can all lower the risk of the virus spreading, even if we are in a country that may not be at a high risk of being infected. It is important to remember that nobody is completely safe, if you start to notice any health issues and you believe that these relate to Ebola, then speak with a medical professional immediately.
If you must travel to an area known to be affected by Ebola it is really important to know some simple tips to prevent Ebola and other diseases. Avoiding bush meat in affected areas is important as it has been a known cause of Ebola, especially when the food has not been prepared and cooked properly. It is also wise to avoid wild animals, as it is know that bats, and monkeys and primates can carry the Ebola virus.