Ebola Virus Spreads {Video} Updates On The Deadly Disease

Published On October 17, 2014 | By admin | Local & Worldwide News

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President Barack Obama issued an executive order on Thursday paving the way for the deployment of National Guard and Reserve forces to West Africa to help contain the Ebola outbreak there.

Under the mandate, the secretaries of defense and homeland security can order to active duty some members of the Selected Reserve and the Individual Ready Reserve mobilization.

Sources earlier told NBC News that eight engineers and logistical specialists from the Guard, both active-duty and reservists, would probably be included in the first deployment. They are expected to help build 17 Ebola treatment centers, with 100 beds apiece. The sources said no decision had yet been made.

Defense Department officials said the executive order was necessary to speed the deployments, and would allow the president to send additional forces as needed. Health officials have recorded more than 2,400 Ebola deaths in Liberia, the highest of any country.



 America’s ‘patient zero’ Thomas Eric Duncan flew into Texas last month from Liberia, with a layover at Dulles, but health officials say he was not showing symptoms of the virus at that point and therefore unable to spread the disease.

However, Amber Vinson, the second nurse to contract the disease after treating Duncan, flew on a commercial flight with a low-grade fever on Monday, the day before she admitted herself to the hospital with further symptoms of the virus.

The CDC confirmed today that they let her board the flight, since her temperature was below the threshold of 100.4F. But the health organization’s Director Thomas Frieden initially said she should not have been on a commercial flight, after having treated Duncan in the first ‘high-risk’ days of his stay at Texas Health Presbyterian hospital.


Can’t be too careful… Woman Wears Full Hazmat Suit For While Waiting For Flight Paranoid or just taking precautions? With the spread of the Ebola virus a hot topic in today’s news, a woman was snapped in full hazmat gear while waiting to board a commercial flight from Washington Dulles airport. The unidentified woman was seen sitting in an airport lounge, wearing a transparent blue plastic suit, on the same say a second nurse was diagnosed with the deadly disease in Dallas, Texas. The suit did not fully cover her arms, leaving her wrists exposed.



Public fear of the Ebola virus has begun to spread far beyond West Africa, where it has taken the lives of more than 900 people. Medical institutions in the U.S. and beyond are on alert to identify and immediately isolate any patient who presents with symptoms that may be related to the illness.

What exactly are doctors looking for when they suspect a patient may have the Ebola virus?

Ebola, which has a mortality rate between 60 and 96 percent, is a systemic virus, meaning it impacts all organs that control various functions in the body. But before it attacks the gastrointestinal, respiratory, vascular, muscular, neurological and immune systems, Ebola starts off looking a lot like the flu.

At its onset, a patient may experience fatigue, fever, headache, sore throat and pain in the joints and muscles. The initial symptoms are so common that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says cases are often misdiagnosed.

As the virus begins to take hold of the body, gastrointestinal illness, such as abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea and loss of appetite will occur. A patient may have labored breathing, trouble swallowing and chest pain. A rash, excessive bruising and bloody blisters of the skin are among the visual manifestations of the infection.


A person in the advanced stages of an acute Ebola infection will begin to have internal bleeding — what’s known as viral hemorrhagic fever. Ebola, and its cousin the Marburg virus, can cause hemorrhaging of multiple organs, as well as external bleeding from various orifices of the body including the ears and eyes. While the excessive bleeding certainly elicits more horror than any other symptoms, the bleeding itself is rarely fatal and not every patient develops it.

People die from complications associated with the virus, often shock due to leaking of blood vessels. Other factors may be multiple organ failure, low blood pressure, jaundice, delirium, seizures and coma.

Health officials say it is not yet understood why some patients manage to recover, while so many others die.

As a result of the current outbreak, researchers have stepped up efforts to develop a vaccine and experimental drugs to combat Ebola infection. But in the meantime, doctors must rely on supportive therapies to manage symptoms and complications while the disease runs its course. These measures may include giving a patient intravenous fluids and electrolytes for dehydration, maintaining blood pressure, giving transfusions to replace blood lost due to hemorrhaging, as well as treating any subsequent infections that result from the virus.

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