What is Ebola ?
Ebola is a rare and deadly disease cause by infection with the Ebola virus.
A virus that causes severe bleeding ,organ failure and can also lead to death.
Ebola is spread through direct contact with blood or body fluids of a person who is already showing symptoms of the Ebola infection.
Signs and symptom may appear between 2 to 21 days after exposure to the Ebola virus.
Those at highest risk are healthcare workers and family and friends of Ebola patients
Abdominal (stomach) pain
Unexplained hemorrhage (bleeding or bruising)
So what is the treatment?
No FDA approved vaccine or medicine is currently available for treatment and prevention of Ebola .
According to the cdc Symptoms are treated as they appear
The following basic interventions are used and can improve your chances of survival when used early
Providing IV fluids
Maintaining oxygen status and blood pressure
Treating other infections if they appear
Experimental vaccines for Ebola are currently being developed, but have not been fully tested for safety and effectiveness .
People who recover from Ebola develop antibodies that last at least 10 years maybe longer but is is unclear if they have immunity for life
And experimental drug currently being developed for treatment of Ebola is zmapp, this drug according to a cnn article was given to Dr. kent Bradly and Nancy Writebol . This drug is an experimental serum and is engineered from antibodies harvested in mice. No one knows how much this drug is responsible for the recovery of the people who received the doses but there is now a very high demand for the drug.
Unfortunately the process used to make this drug is very costly and the authorities are seeking other ways to manufacture the drug which are less costly and more efficient