Saturday, August 16, 2014

Ebola Virus

No no it’s not a video of a paparazzi attacked by a Hollywood star or a Hollywood star attacking his girlfriend, it’s more deadly than that. I am referring to the latest assault by a virus named Ebola which is killing humans. Virus has been the most notorious micro organism, which since long has proved to be a nemesis for us humans and animals alike. Viruses of many forms and types have been responsible for gutting life on earth. Their scope has increased from an epidemic to a pandemic. Take for instance the deadly Aids virus which has killed millions across the globe. The mad cow disease or the CJD in humans have been attributed to the virus. Swine flu adds to the tally where viruses have been the culprits. There are many instances where the deadly virus has shown its potency in causing deaths in humans and animals. Humans have been fighting it hard but this agile micro organism changes its form to deceive us. Carelessness, unhygienic environments, poor dysfunctional healthcare systems only emboldens its notoriety.
Ebola Attack
Ebola Attack

The current outbreak of this disease is proving to be the worst in 4 decades of its history and is spreading like wild fire. The epidemic in the three African countries namely Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone has already killed more than 1000 people. If not controlled, it has the ability to lead to a major catastrophe which can have severe repercussions in days to follow. Its outbreak has already created panic across the continents and have beckoned people to be vigilante and careful while travelling. The enormity of the population only makes it difficult to contain this outbreak. The remote affected areas in these countries only augments the problem. WHO has already upped the rescue operations in these 3 countries and the affected West Africa, though it is finding it difficult to get it under control. The porous borders of these countries are helping in accelerating this outbreak. It may take six more months to get it under control is what WHO thinks. It’s imperative to quarantine those who have the symptoms, to check its spread; as it’s contagious and is transmitted from person to person on contact with blood or bodily fluids of an infected person. The 3 severely affected countries are on a high alert and schools have been closed. This virus attack has not provided any respite to the citizens of Sierra Leone and Liberia who have suffered due to years of civil wars. This outbreak has only added to their woes and sufferings.
This deadly Ebola virus called as “Zaire Strain” has wreaked havoc and has raised its ugly head again; this time even more devastating. It has even sabotaged the rescue mission by killing the doctors and the rescue workers. This tragedy is again plunging the Dark Continent into despair. It’s the moral duty of the other nations to extend its helping hand and pull the affected people out of this mess and adversity. I hope this terrorist is on the hit list of the most powerful nations on this earth. Let’s hope this virus is controlled and its proliferation stopped to prevent it from taking more lives.


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