The Ebola Outbreak will it reach North America.
This deadly disease in West Africa is really bad.
So bad that the World Health Organization is warning that West Africa is on the edge of another Ebola epidemic.
“We are on the epidemiological knife edge,” said Dr. Peter Salama, head of the organization’s emergency response chief.”
“The next few weeks will really tell if this outbreak is going to expand to urban areas or if we are going to be able to keep it under control.”
And if that happens can it spread to other regions in the world, including North America?
The short answer is yes.
And air travel would be the fastest way to spread it.
The last major Ebola outbreak took place in 2014 and lasted for 21 months..
During that period it killed more than all other known Ebola outbreaks combined from the time the disease was first recorded in 1976.
The official death toll was put at 11,315 people
But experts say the figure was a lot higher due to the difficulty of keeping accurate statistics in many of the countries affected.
What is Ebola?
Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) is a rare and deadly disease most commonly affecting people and nonhuman primates (monkeys, gorillas, and chimpanzees). It is caused by an infection with one of five known Ebola virus species, four of which can cause disease in people:
The virus was first discovered in 1976 near the Ebola River in what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo. Since then, the virus has been infecting people from time to time, leading to outbreaks in several African countries. Scientists do not know where Ebola virus comes from. However, based on the nature of similar viruses, they believe the virus is animal-borne, with bats being the most likely source. The bats carrying the virus can transmit it to other animals, like apes, monkeys, duikers and humans.