The Ebola virus causes Ebola hemorrhagic fever, an extremely infectious virus that easily spreads by direct contact with bodily fluids. The virus is passed from wild animals to people. Currently, there is no vaccine or treatment available for people or animals.
Signs and symptoms of Ebola hemorrhagic fever include:
- muscle pain
- sore throat
- intense weakness
- impaired kidney and liver function
- in rare cases bleeding from body openings
The involved organizations are looking for more funds to increase the number of health workers as well as care needed for the infected people. They will also require additional resources to inform populations about ways to protect themselves and their families. With these extra resources, the WHO office in Uganda hopes to completely stop this outbreak from spreading any further in the coming months, if not weeks.
Written by Kelly Fitzgerald