Our Friend The Ebola Virus

This little guy only wants a hug.

This little guy only wants a hug.

I’ve always had an interest in the Black Death and other such plagues, which at various times have attempted to wipe out the human race. I feel that it is nature’s way of thinning out the herd a bit. Do I sound like a cold hearted person, do I not feel any compassion for those who catch a plague and die? Of course I do, however humans themselves have been a plague upon the planet so in the end it’s only fair. If the Black Death hadn’t wiped out half of Europe how overpopulated would the planet be now? Yeah, think on that for a bit before you get angry at me.

About a month or so ago I began to see reports online about a new outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa. These sort of events have happened over the years but not to the extant that it is happening now. Usually it’s contained in a small area, but this time it is in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, with a record number of 66 reported spots of outbreak. Even more concerning is the fact this particular outbreak has killed over 60% of the people who have caught it. That’s right, if this little puppy spreads there will be an even higher death toll than when the Black Death hit.

It wasn’t until this week that I started to see news reports on the major new sites about this newest event. Since it’s happening in Africa I’m betting that they didn’t think anybody would give a crap. I mean, who cares about non white people dying, right? It’s kind of like the missing blonde white girl syndrome. You know, when a white blonde girl, or woman, goes missing it gets twice the attention than any other case of a missing person. We all know that is true so don’t even start denying it.

Why should the average person care about this particular outbreak? This one has spread further than any other Ebola outbreak and has spread more quickly. This is due to people leaving their area when symptoms occur and going to a new one. It is NOT an airborne type virus, you can only get it by infected body fluids coming into contact with your body fluids. A small cut would be all it would take to get infected. One reason why Africa is particularly vulnerable to it is because of the common death ritual of caring for a relative’s body after they die. If the relative was infected when they died you will more than likely get it if you prepare their body.

Now, for the record, many are saying they it will never leave Africa. I highly doubt that. Considering how easy it is to jump on a plane and go to the other side of the world I have no problem saying that I think it could. It can take up to 3 weeks to show the symptoms of the virus and during that time a person can go on a plane, leave there body fluids on a highly touched surface and somebody else can get it by transfer.

Have I forgotten to mention the symptoms and what happens to you when you catch it? How dare I be remiss! This is taken right from the CDC website:

Symptoms of Ebola HF typically include:

Joint and muscle aches
Stomach pain
Lack of appetite

Some patients may experience:

A Rash
Red Eyes
Sore throat
Chest pain
Difficulty breathing
Difficulty swallowing
Bleeding inside and outside of the body

The bleeding from the body bit is what really gets me. People, towards the end, start bleeding out of every orifice, because their organs are liquifying. Yep, you are decomposing while you are still alive! That has got to be one of the most gruesome things ever! I think the Black Death may be a bit jealous when it comes to that part, all it did was cause swelling and make your face turn black! Well, not exactly, but you get what I’m saying!

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