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A Liberian national, reported to have imported the deadly Ebola Virus Disease to Nigeria, has died in Lagos, the local government said on Friday.Ebola virus is considered one of the most aggressive virus known to date in part because of its rapidity to kill, which can be within one week from exposure or three to four days from the first symptoms become apparent. This leaves very little time for any treatment to act and save a sick individual.
Ebola virus has claimed about 660 lives in three West African countries -- Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, according to the World Health Organization.According to Idris, the state government had initiated a discussion with the authorities in charge of the borders to avert cross-border transmission. "Nigeria Center for Disease Control ( NCDC) has stepped in to volunteer. The UN Children Fund (UNICEF) has stepped in too."


The state government has put precautionary measures in place to check in the further spread of the deadly disease, said Idris, urging local residents to always wash their hands at all times and when necessary.

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here are introductions about EVD
Ebola virus disease (EVD) or Ebola hemorrhagic fever (EHF) is the human disease caused by ebola viruses. Symptoms start two days to three weeks after contracting the virus with afever throat and muscle pains, and headaches. There is then nausea, vomiting and diarrhea along with decreased functioning of the liver and kidneys. At this point some people begin to have problems with bleeding.
The disease is first acquired by a population when a person comes into contact with the blood or bodily fluids of an infected animal such as a monkey or fruit bat. Fruit bats are believed to carry and spread the disease without being affected by it. Once infection occurs, the disease may be spread from one person to another. Men who survive may be able to transmit the disease sexually for nearly two months. To make the diagnosis, typically other diseases with similar symptoms such as malaria, cholera and other viral hemorrhagic fever are excluded. The blood may then be tested for either antibodies to the virus, the viral RNA, or the virus itself to confirm the diagnosis.
Prevention involves decreasing the spread of the disease from infected monkeys and pigs to humans. This may be done by checking these animals for infection and killing and properly disposing of the bodies if the disease is discovered. Properly cooking meat and wearing protective clothing when handling meat may be helpful, as may wearing protective clothing and washing hands when around someone sick with the disease. Samples from people with the disease should be handled with an extra degree of caution
There is no specific treatment for the virus with efforts to help people including giving the person either oral rehydration therapy or intravenous fluids. The disease has a high death rate: often between 50% and 90%. It typically occurs in outbreaks in tropical regions of Sub-Saharan Africa Between 1976, when it was first identified, and 2014, fewer than 1,000 people a year have been infected.The largest outbreak as of 2014 is the ongoing 2014 West Africa Ebola outbreak, which is affecting Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria.The disease was first identified in the Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Efforts are ongoing to develop a vaccine; however, none exists as of 2014.

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There are several strains of Ebola, almost all of them are deadly and there are no known cures or vaccinations. Some strains kill up to 90% of the hosts in rather horrible manner.

A deviant strain has been identified in China and in the Philippines but the hosts seem to be asymptomatic. Also, in both countries, another strain, RESTV, infects and kill pigs. IF China had  dumped the RESTV-infected pigs into reservoir and rivers, it is only a matter of time that the virus will mutate and cross the species barrier to infect humans.

Superstitious natives in West Africa are blocking access to infected areas, claiming the WHO doctors are spreading the disease. They rather turn to their own witch doctors. I suspect there will be a bigger outbreak of Ebola, in one form or another. Try to avoid those countries, especially Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. Remember, there are no known effective vaccines.
Let the dice fly high

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Post time 2014-7-29 12:55:30 |Display all floors
But I have not seen any report about deviant strain of ebola in China so far.If it is true,once such a case happened in China,it is hardly possible to resist,just like H1N1

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Post time 2014-7-29 12:55:54 |Display all floors
cestmoi Post time: 2014-7-29 01:47
There are several strains of Ebola, almost all of them are deadly and there are no known cures or va ...

But I have not seen any report about deviant strain of ebola in China so far.If it is true,once such a case happened in China,it is hardly possible to resist,just like H1N1

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