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Ebola: A Brief Synopsis on This Complex Issue Affecting Our World

Keegan Wetzel | Wednesday, October 8, 2014


What it is:

            The Ebola virus disease is commonly referred to as EVD but in the past has been known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever. This virus is a very severe illness that results in fatality for approximately 50% of those who are affected. The Ebola virus has been around for decades, making it’s debut in Central African rain forest areas in the late 1970s; however it has never been as serious of a problem as the threat that it poses today. The latest case of outbreaks in West African countries such as Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia has totaled more deaths in the last six months than any other previous outbreak of the virus combined...

 Although the majority of EVD cases have been in Africa, there have been several others in different countries one of which includes the United States. The cases that we have seen of American citizens have come as a result of their exposure to these areas of outbreak, particularly working in health services trying to combat the spread of the virus and journalists who are abroad covering the issue.


            One thing that makes Ebola a complex virus, according to the World Health Organization, is the fact that its symptoms are similar to other illnesses some of which are critical and others that are not. The initial stages of symptoms for EVD include:

  • Sudden fever/fatigue
  • Muscle Pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat

As the virus progresses more serious symptoms are apparent such as:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Rash
  • Impaired kidney/liver function

What to do:

            Currently there are no known vaccines to combat EVD, but these are obviously of immediate emergency and there are several currently being tested. As discouraging as that fact may be, it’s important that you do whatever you can to stay knowledgeable of how this virus is progressing both domestically and internationally. Be sure to not merely focus on one report from a single source. Do not be intimidated by shock factor reports but instead seek out facts from various different sources that will give you different kinds of information and not just one horrifying report of the current death total – because we all know how scary these can be.

            Be wary, and avoid if at all possible, areas where infection has occurred and obviously keep limited to no contact with those who you suspect or know has the virus. In the world of insurance the coverages for a disease of this severity are vague because it is quite new. We can help you in whatever way possible in getting to know the facts regarding in what ways your insurance coverage correlates with EVD. The Ebola virus is an intimidating threat in the world today that is an extremely complex issue. The best way to deal with the complexity of the matter is to stay aware of how the virus is progressing and planning a strategy that will keep your family as safe and protected as possible.  Stay tuned into our blog to remain up to date on this issue. 

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