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Health officials in West Africa are scrambling to contain a possible widening of an Ebola outbreak after a man believed to be affected by the virus traveled by plane from Liberia to Ghana to Togo to Nigeria, where he died on Friday.

The death of Patrick Sawyer, 40, has led to tighter screening of airline passengers in West Africa, Ebola has killed more than 670 people in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia since the outbreak began in March.
Dr. Kent Brantly, 33, is in grave condition and fighting for his life in an isolation unit on the outskirts of Monrovia, the capital of Liberia.


Update:This is the deadliest Ebola outbreak in recorded history. And so far, it doesn't appear to be slowing down anytime soon.

The Ebola virus has now hit four countries: Sierra Leone, Guinea, Liberia, and recently Nigeria, according to the country's ministry of health.

The virus starts off with flu-like symptoms and often ends with horrific hemorrhaging. It has infected 1,201 people and killed an estimated 672 since this winter, according to the numbers on July 23 from the World Health Organization.
Ebola viruses have infected thousands of people and killed roughly 60% of them

Update #2 http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/ebola-virus-outbreak/ebola-scare-briefly-closes-charlotte-er-n168731
An Ebola scare closed a Charlotte area emergency room briefly overnight in an incident that may play out many times over in the coming weeks with heightened fears about the virus.

It turns out it wasn't Ebola, but a spike in media coverage about the outbreak, along with some reminders from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, have put hospital staff on alert.
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Could Ebola spread to the U.S.?

The CDC held a media briefing Monday to emphasize that there is "no significant risk" of an Ebola outbreak in the United States.

There has never been a confirmed case of Ebola spreading to a developed country, said Kamiliny Kalahne, an epidemiologist with Doctors Without Borders.

"This is because people generally transmit the infection when they are very sick, have a high fever and a lot of symptoms -- and in these situations, they don't travel.

"And even if they do get sick once they travel to a developed country, they will be in a good hospital with good infection control, so they are very unlikely to infect others," she said.

The U.S. health care system is also better suited to handle an Ebola case than many in West Africa, said Dr. Marty Cetron, director of CDC's Division of Global Migration and Quarantine. Health officials would likely recognize such a case and be able to trace all points of contact with the patient to prevent further transmission, he said.

"Epidemics of disease are often followed by epidemics of fear and epidemics of stigma," Cetron said. "All of these things occur in a social context that can make containment very challenging."

Ebola is not contagious until symptoms appear. Symptoms of Ebola include fever, fatigue and headaches. These symptoms can appear two to 21 days after infection, meaning many who are sick don't know it.

The early symptoms then can progress to vomiting, diarrhea, impaired kidney and liver function, and sometimes internal and external bleeding.


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i feel bad for the people who have to treat this. they basically just wait for the patient to die so they can get rid of the body.

they know they can do nothing else.
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