Skip to main content

Doctors Request Help in Fighting Deadly Ebola Outbreak

By ActiveBeat Author

In recent weeks doctors from around the world have made their way to West Africa, where an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus is wreaking havoc on the local population. However, those same physicians say they need help in the form of clean water, better sanitation, and medical supplies.

The Ebola virus is a severe and often fatal illness, with previous outbreaks having a fatality rate of up to 90 per cent. The virus is easily transmitted from wild animals to humans and then through human-to-human contact. Those people who become ill with Ebola require round-the-clock care in order to survive. At the moment, there is no specific treatment or vaccine for the virus.

According to Quebec doctor Marc Forget, who’s been on the ground in Guinea for seven weeks now, this most recent outbreak is “unprecedented”. As of last week, the number of Ebola cases reported in West Africa was over 1,200, with roughly half of those people succumbing to the disease. Three nations, including Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia, have been most affected by the outbreak.

That’s why Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, says it’s time to free up more resources to help in the fight against the Ebola virus. Fauci, along with doctors on the ground (like Forget), insist it’s time Western countries send more clean drinking water, supplies, and additional medical staff to help fight the outbreak.

Part of the problem is that those medical professionals on the ground in West Africa must literally burn resources in order to help fight the disease. According to Forget, whenever a person tests positive for Ebola, “We burn … the mattresses, decontaminate the walls and everything with chlorine solution, so people can go back home safely.” It’s a relatively effective but costly strategy.

Forget, who has since returned to Canada, plans to return to Africa later this year. He hopes to see a greater commitment to fighting the Ebola virus when he returns.

ActiveBeat Author

Contributor

Activebeat is dedicated to bringing readers all of the important news and information in the world of health. From recalls and outbreaks to fitness, nutrition and studies, we cover every aspect of health news, every day.

Trending Health News

Explore

What is Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy?
By Katherine George Your Health

What is Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy?

EMDR is a fairly new and nontradiational type of psychotherapy. It has become increasingly popular for treating PTSD. To learn more about it, here’s a look into what it is, how it works, if it’s effective, and the potential risks and benefits…

Read More about What is Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy?

7 min read

Lung Cancer Rates Have Decreased for the Marlboro Man, but Have Risen Steeply for Nonsmokers and Young Women – An Oncologist Explains Why
By Estelamari Rodriguez Your Health

Lung Cancer Rates Have Decreased for the Marlboro Man, but Have Risen Steeply for Nonsmokers and Young Women – An Oncologist Explains Why

When many people think of an average lung cancer patient, they often imagine an older man smoking. But the face of lung cancer has changed. Over the past 15 years, more women, never smokers and younger people are being diagnosed with lung cancer. In fact, lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among […]

Read More about Lung Cancer Rates Have Decreased for the Marlboro Man, but Have Risen Steeply for Nonsmokers and Young Women – An Oncologist Explains Why

4 min read

Ultra-Processed Foods – Like Cookies, Chips, Frozen Meals and Fast Food – May Contribute to Cognitive Decline
By Sara N. Burke Your Health

Ultra-Processed Foods – Like Cookies, Chips, Frozen Meals and Fast Food – May Contribute to Cognitive Decline

Scientists have known for years that unhealthy diets – particularly those that are high in fat and sugar – may cause detrimental changes to the brain and lead to cognitive impairment. Many factors that contribute to cognitive decline are out of a person’s control, such as genetics and socioeconomic factors. But ongoing research increasingly indicates […]

Read More about Ultra-Processed Foods – Like Cookies, Chips, Frozen Meals and Fast Food – May Contribute to Cognitive Decline

5 min read