The fourth case of the Ebola virus in the U.S. occurs in NYC and gets national attention, but massive outbreak remains low.
33 year old American physician, Craig Spencer, worked for Doctors Without Borders treating Ebola patients in Guinea, West Africa until Oct. 12. Two days later after completing his work, the doctor traveled to Brussels, Belgium. He arrived at JFK International Airport Oct. 17, showing no signs of the Ebola virus symptoms. Thursday, Spencer began to experience abdominal pains, flu like conditions and a fever accompanied with temperatures above 103°.
A national press conference was setup to inform New York City and the nation of the doctor’s condition and the first case of the virus in the city.
Transmission of the virus occurs through contact of blood and body fluids(urine, saliva, and feces) with an infected patient. It is not airborne or transmitted through water.
According to TampaGov.net, washing ones hands regularly with
soap prevents the virus from entering one’s system.
The City of Tampa states it continually meets with regional hospitals, The Florida Department of Health and key members of the healthcare community to structure a very manageable system to
combat the Ebola Outbreak of 2014.
Ebola spreads through direct contact through broken skin or
mucous membranes (nose, mouth, and eyes).
Ebola only spreads when the contagious person begins to
experience symptoms, (similar to the flu)!
Taking multivitamins can build the immune system to fight off the
Symptoms to be on watch for are; fever, muscle pain, weakness,
diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, and unexplained bleeding.
There is no official cure for the virus, treatment and vaccines are yet in developing stage.
It is advised not to assist a contagious person, but to call 911.
If you become exposed to Ebola and feel sick, call the hospital.
Ebola has not been reported in Florida
The name Ebola is derived from the Ebola River in Zaire(Democratic Republic of The Congo). A region of the second outbreak of the
virus in 1976 where it originated in West Africa.
It is reported the virus was transmitted from primates to humans. The fatality rate has been confirmed at 4,887 worldwide.
One fatality, Eric Duncan, occurred in the U.S. in Dallas on Oct.8, 2014. Duncan traveled with the virus to U.S. from Liberia.
Dallas nurse Nina Pham, was the first American to contract the
disease on U.S. soil, soon followed by a second nurse, Amber
Vinson. Both have been upgraded to good condition from the
severity of the disease and both treated and assisted Thomas Eric
For more information on the Ebola outbreak, go to All About Ebola at tampagov.net.