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Ebola Outbreak over in Uganda
The Ugandan Ministry of Health declared their outbreak of Ebola Virus officially over on Februrary 20th. If anybody have seen the movie Outbreak, they will remember the first few scenes involving the Ebola Virus. This is one of those dark, scary viruses that has crawled out of the forests and has been wreaking havoc since 1976.
Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever is spread through direct contact with body fluids of someone who is already infected with the virus. Another likely way to get this is from handling dead animals found in Central African forests. Famous for its case fatality rate of an amazing 55-90%, this is something you want to avoid. Symptoms include high fevers, rash, vomiting and diarrhea. Then it gets bad: multi-organ system failure, uncontrolled bleeding from the eyes, gums and rectum are common in the severe forms. There is no known cure.
This particular outbreak was a source of much attention, due to neighboring countries closing their borders in an attempt to contain the spread. Of interest to travelers to the area, the general traveler is not at risk for Ebola and the WHO did not issue any travel precautions to the area.
Filed under: Travel Health