There is a great deal of fear coupled with misinformation about the Ebola virus. People may envision an apocalyptic plague like the super flu in Stephen King's The Stand, but that is nowhere near the truth. Ebola is not known to be contagious through casual contact. As usual in anything require humanitarian relief, the Christian medical missionaries are heavily involved while the atheists essentially throw stones at them from the sidelines.
|Micrograph of human liver tissue infected with the Ebola virus / US CDC|
For the last year or so, a deadly epidemic has ravaged West Africa. The culprit is the Ebola virus (genus Ebolavirus), named after the Ebola River in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaïre). This causes a high-grade fever accompanied by abnormal bleeding, both internal and external—hence the term ‘viral hemorrhagic fever’—plus other nasty things like diarrhea and vomiting.To read the rest of this informative article, click on "Ebola disease: the result of the Fall".
The resulting loss of blood and accompanying organ failure means the disease is very dangerous—a 70.8% case fatality rate. So in Africa, it has claimed over 4,000 victims, and it’s estimated that the total death toll will reach over 20,000. Recently Ebola claimed a fatality in the USA, as well as infecting nurses at two modern hospitals in the USA and Spain.