The Ebola epidemic is with us now.
The failure to contain the Ebola outbreak in Africa has condemned the world to an epidemic and a panicked desperation to contain it.
It has also revealed how incompetent the US healthcare system is in managing such an infectious agent.
Maybe now that its become a recognized danger, perhaps the world will get its house in order.
Medical teams are needed to fight this disease everywhere on the planet.
The first patient arrived in the US in late September and it shouldn't be too long before more arrive. He has already infected at least two healthcare workers who treated.
The patient was handled in the most inefficient and unprepared way imaginable.
The hospital, Texas Presbyterian Health, did not know or follow the protocols established by the Centers for Disease Control.
Had they done, what the CDC assured the public all hospitals could, the indexed patient would be the end of it for now.
They got lucky in even knowing about him and yet he still started the first cluster.
Should this pattern continue, there will be a deluge of patients at hospital doors.
Infected people create infected areas when they are not managed properly. They turn previously safe-quarters into 'death zones'
Its just a matter or time now.
Ebola will paralyze the US healthcare system because preventing an epidemic requires a different approach.
A significant number of stand alone Quarantine stations need to be built now.
This, in anticipation of a deluge of patients that we hope never comes.
These walk in clinics would serve as a place for free screenings and possible detention, bypassing the hospital system entirely.
Allowing stand-alone facilities to be responsible for both diagnosis and quarantine would allow more beds to be available at far less cost.
The problem is going to be in the staffing of these facilities.
They can't possibly pay the going rates for all the professional required nor have enough of them to cover the country.
These stations need to be well-funded, empowered to act and mobile.
Ebola is already a catastrophe in West Africa and threatens the rest of the continent
The world is about to confront real evil.
America is unprepared for an outbreak and we never can be.
The system for containing the virus is quarantine.
This requires an enormous amount of resources and courage on the part of the medical teams.
More cases requires more resources. Resources that will already be taxed by other evils.
The best hope of containing the virus was in Africa.
It is probably too late for that now, we have only ourselves to blame.
Recommendations and warnings were voiced by health organizations.
As the number of infected swell some will leave to die or get treated in other countries.
Its just a matter of time before clusters appear.
As flu season approaches, it will not be surprising if some patients turn up positive for ebola.
Ebola or Ebola hemorrhagic fever are diseases caused by an ebolavirus.
There are a library of Ebola viruses, five that we know of.
Ebola's name comes from the Ebola River, a tributary in the Democratic Republic of Congo where the disease first appeared in the early 70s.
This particular strain is known as Ebola Zaire
Symptoms can appear up to three weeks after contracting the virus but typically appear in the first week.
These symptoms are fever, diarrhea, vomiting, sore throat, muscle pain, and headaches.
Decreased liver function also occurs.
Infected people are contagious only when they have symptoms, especially when they bleed and vomit.
It is contact with these fluids that allows the transmission of the virus.
The disease is well managed in a hospital where quarantine conditions can be maintained.
When they can not be managed, they will infect indiscriminately .
Blood and ebola virus equals death.
Fortunately for the world, the Ebola virus does not spread thru the air.
Of course it could mutate and become an even bigger threat.
The origin of the virus is speculative.
They believe bats were the first carriers of the virus. How the virus evolved is not known.
Bats often feed off the fruit in trees.
And so, as the bats fly, they drop partially digested fruit and pulp on the ground.
It appears that the mammals who ate this debris become ill.
The fallen fruit contains the virus that the bat hosted.
Fruit bats spread the virus without being sick themselves.
Human infection is spread by person to person contact via body fluids.
Infections occur in clusters and takes anywhere from a few days to a few weeks to cause symptoms.
The virus damages the immune system and internal organs,
Once blood-clotting fails the infected experience severe, uncontrollable bleeding, which makes them very contagious.
Ebolavirus or Ebola Zaire is the most dangerous of the known Ebola disease-causing viruses
The virus is acquired through contact with blood or bodily fluids of infected people.
The likely way this epidemic will end is through the mutation of this virus into one that doesn't cause disease but occupies the same receptor that the disease causing Ebola uses thereby blocking its binding site.
This is probably how, the Asian flu epidemic of 1917 that killed 17 million people, ended.