Ebola virus disease. World Health Organization, Sep. 2014. Web. 2 Nov. 2014.
For information about Ebola, it is necessary to review the data given by the World Health Organization as this is the most accurate information that can be found when it comes to diseases such as this. The article discussed the key concepts in Ebola. For example, it included the background of the Ebola virus. Background, in this sense, means the place where Ebola virus first appeared way back in 1976 which is in Sudan and in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The article also focuses on other key concepts such as the transmission, symptoms as well as diagnosis. According to the article, Ebola was introduced into the human population through contact with the bodily fluids as well as the organs of infected animals. Human to human transmission is similar in that it requires direct contact with patients affected by the said disease.
Rubin, Rita. “Ebola Virus Infection FAQ.” WebMD. WebMD, LLC, n.d. Web. 2 Nov. 2014.
In addition to discussing the Ebola virus’ deadly outbreak in West Africa, Rita Rubin’s article also discussed in detail the mechanics of Ebola virus. It explains how the Ebola virus affects humans in the cellular scale. The article is not only relevant to the topic the group wishes to report on, it is also informative and easy to understand. This is because the articles have embedded videos to support the worded explanation. For example, the article included a video of an animated representation of a Ebola virus attacking a cell and causing it to explode. This article therefore will help explain the technical side of Ebola virus.
“Why Ebola is so dangerous.” BBC News Africa. BBC, 8 Oct. 2014. Web. 2 Nov. 2014.
This article also offers the technical explanation offered by the previous two sources, although it would be considered a secondary source in this case. However, the merit of this article can be seen in the additional information it provides. The article touches on the cultural implication of Ebola virus. In particular, it explored the possibility of culture actually helping in the spread of the said disease. The article took the culture of West African countries as an example. According to the article, one of the reasons that Ebola spread so fast in the said countries was perhaps because the culture in West Africa emphasizes close physical contact. The practices therefore adhere to such culture and in turn, pass on the Ebola virus to other people.
“Tracking down "patient zero" in Ebola outbreak.” CBC News. The Associated Press, 29
Oct. 2014. Web. 2 Nov. 2014.
Much effort has been dedicated to finding ‘patient zero’ of the Ebola virus. ‘Patient zero’ basically means the first person to have been sick with Ebola virus. Recently, however, ‘patient zero’ has been tracked down to be 2-year-old Emile Ouamouno from Meliandou, West Africa. This article is about Emile, his four year old sister Philomene, his mother and unborn sibling, and his grandmother. These mentioned family members were all killed by Ebola. In a way, the article is also a story of Etienne, Emile’s father, and how he survived the death of his loved ones. The article also described the detrimental effects of the Ebola to the people’s livelihood in that area.
Davis, Charles Patrick, MD. PhD. “What is the latest news about the Ebola outbreak?”
MedicineNet.com. MedicineNet, Inc., 2 Nov. 2014. Web. 2 Nov. 2014.
This article, as evident by its title, discusses the different news recently connected or related to the Ebola outbreak. This article is particularly important because it is regularly updated to accommodate new information or details about Ebola. The news include the issue of Nurse Kaci Hickox who refused to be home-quarantined for suspected Ebola virus contamination, the new guidelines regarding quarantine for people suspected to be Ebola virus carriers, and the controversy surrounding the said guidelines.
There are also positive reports included in the list. In particular, the good reports are about Ebola virus survivors as well as those who are responding well to Ebola virus treatment. In particular, the media is following the development of Dr. Craig Spencer who contracted Ebola virus but is said to be responsive to treatment and is becoming much better health-wise.
Shallow, Parvati. “Ebola: Three reasons why most U.S. patients have survived.” CBC
News. The Associated Press, 28 Oct. 2014. Web. 2 Nov. 2014.
This news article discusses the question of why most Ebola patients in the United States survive when thousands of Ebola patients in other countries, particularly in Africa, did not. The article started with describing the current situation of Ebola patients in contrast with patients in the US. The article then listed three reasons why US patients survive this deadly disease that has caused the death of many patient elsewhere. These reasons, according to the article are: 1) Speed of Medical Intervention; 2) Quality of Supportive Care; and 3) An all-out assault on the virus with experimental treatment options.