The deadly virus Ebola, heamorrhagic fever, stalks parts of Africa and continues to spread but is it only a matter of time before it leaves the African continent and heads west?
TEK's B McPherson has followed the Ebola trail and describes the disease thus; "The disease spreads quickly through any form of contact. Minimising contact will not be easy but could prove a life saver. Just shaking hands, touching another person or kissing could mean that you contract the disease".
"Even burying the victims of Ebola is not easy. It must be carried out obeying rules and standards. If not the funerals could spread the disease further. The Ebola Virus Disease stems from four Ebola Viruses. You can read more about it here at Wikipedia. As yet there is no vaccine against EV, the symptoms generally include sudden onset of fever, weakness, headache, vomiting and kidney problems"
For the majority of people who contract Ebola death follows.
In countries such as Uganda, Liberia and Guinea Ebola cases have continued to rise. Quarantine procedures are strictly adhered to with nursing staff taking great care to protect themselves. Even so one health professional has died from Ebola. The death of Liberian Samuel Brisbane, a senior doctor, was confirmed by the government just days ago.
The Jamaica Gleaner reports "Nigerian health authorities raced to stop the spread of Ebola last Saturday after a man sick with one of the world's deadliest diseases brought it by plane to Lagos, Africa's largest city with 21 million people".
Last week one Ebola patient was forcibly removed from a hospital by her family. She later died. However it shows that people carrying the disease are in the community. Some will have no idea that they have contracted Ebola until it is too late.
African airports are stepping up security to ensure that Ebola is contained but with it only taking one random act of a person infected with Ebola hopping on a flight out of Africa to spread the deadly disease further afield we should not be complacent. Sources; BBC News Jamaica Gleaner Vox