After 3 refusals, the WHO has now labelled the Ebola Infection as a global emergency. This announcement was made a few days after a breakout of Ebola was reported in Goma, one of the cities of Congo that serves as a border against the country Rwanda. It is a level of emergency that requires a well-coordinated action from the global community to stop it from spreading even further.
What is Ebola?
The Ebola Virus, scientifically known as Zaire Ebolaviruses, is a set of viruses that can cause a rare and unique disease. It usually first manifest as an overwhelming hemorrhagic fever in human beings and other mammals. It has a known mortality rate of at least 50% which means that almost half of people who contract this infection are killed by the hemorrhage.
Currently, there are no known cures for this disease yet. It is a fast-spreading infection which usually transmits through secretion or through direct contact with an infected surface or person. However, medical practitioners have become adept with the indications of infection which increased the rate of survivability even with just supportive care instead of curative care.
What Steps Have Been Taken to Counter Ebola Infection?
Ongoing clinical trials of four different treatment variants have currently been implemented in the hopes that even at least one of these variants are capable of producing a good result. A Merck based in New Jersey has also provided experimental vaccines in the hopes of decreasing the rates of infection. Aside from medical-related stoppers, international migration has also been regulated to follow strict measures especially for people who would like to migrate outside of the country.
Gone are the days when the prolongation of life is impossible without treatment and this is manifested by the ability of the current health care system to sustain life with the use of supportive care. Sooner, if not later, a proper treatment plan or cure will be developed to fight the Ebola virus and this will greatly enhance our capacity to respond against it.