Ebola Symptoms Are The Same As Other Viral Infections
Just like any other viral infection, ebola shares a few common symptoms including fever, redness or rash, swollen nodes and exhaustion. The earliest signs of ebola infection are indistinguishable from any other major viral infection, which can make it very difficult to screen for.
You Will Bleed From Everywhere
In the late stages of ebola infection, typically right before a patient dies, they experience something called “third-space bleeding.” The third space is between the connective tissues and the skin, and blood only pools there when your entire body has broken down. First space bleeding, which is much more common, is bleeding from existing orifices. Second space bleeding is when you bleed internally, into your organs and the areas around them. All of these occur, to a greater or lesser degree, during the course of an ebola infection.
Nearly Half of Ebola Cases are Fatal
With some strains of ebola, the fatality rate is as high as 98% without treatment. The current epidemic is a relatively weak strain, although fatality rates are still as high as 48%. Even patients being treated in first-world hospitals like the one in Texas have a high risk of death from the disease.
There Is No Vaccine
Vaccines are developed in a few ways, and the smallpox vaccine was developed using cowpox, which wasn’t nearly as fatal or disfiguring as smallpox. When it comes to ebola, there is no known strain which is safe enough to make a vaccine from using traditional methods. In all likelihood, the ebola vaccine will need to be developed from a genetically engineered strain of the disease, a process which can take decades in some cases.
All Treatments Are Preliminary
There is currently no treatment for ebola, only the symptoms of the disease. Doctors and nurses spend their time trying to keep the patient stable, hydrated, cut their fevers and treat any internal bleeding as it occurs. All of those measures are called “palliative care” and they are the very same ones used for terminal cancer or organ failure.
The Current Outbreak Is The Worst Ever
The fact is, there is no other outbreak that even comes close to comparing to the size and scope of the one underway in Western Africa. Doctors are doing their best, but very few of them have the training necessary to control a worldwide pandemic, especially the primary care physicians in Africa. Doctors Without Borders and other aid organizations are doing their best, but the situation in Africa is likely to get much worse before it gets better.
Flights Leave From Affected Areas Every Day
Governments around the world are continuing to allow flights to leave from the infected zones. The reason behind this is to implement screening and prevent people from seeking other ways out of the country, which could have disastrous consequences. The problem is that ebola is difficult to screen for, since it has a very long incubation period.