Ebola Virus Mutating Rapidly | Disease Modelers Project Rising Toll

In our ongoing warnings / updates on the Ebola Virus, two recent headiness stand out as topics worth watching carefully,

1. Ebola Virus Mutating  Rapidly – The Researchers at the Broad Institute in Massachusetts and Harvard University warn that the Ebola virus is constantly undergoing mutation. The findings show that the future treatment options including vaccines as well as diagnosing of the disease will be very difficult and less effective as mutations will continue. As of now, the researchers have analysed around 99 Ebola viral genomes. This is reported on the and you can read the fill post here.

Tips to prevent Ebola infection

  • Educate yourself about Ebola: Knowing the symptoms, modes of transmission and preventive measures is the first step to prevent the spread of the disease.
  • Maintain sanitary conditions: Basic hygiene plays a very important role in preventing Ebola.
  • Avoid contact with blood and body fluids:  Ebola virus spreads through all body fluids including blood, semen, saliva, sweat, urine, fecal matter and vomit of infected individuals. Healthcare workers and medical staff who are more likely to come in contact with infected body fluids, infected needles and first aid, should handle them with protective gear.
  • Treat injuries: Open wounds and injuries can give the virus an opportunity to enter the body.

2. Disease modelers project a rapidly rising toll from Ebola – several scientific teams and data modelers are scrambling to project the spread and toll form the Ebola virus. Not all projections are as bleak as Alessandro Vespignani in  Extrapolating existing trends, his projections show the number of the sick and dying mounts rapidly from the current toll—more than 3000 cases and 1500 deaths—to around 10,000 cases by September 24, and hundreds of thousands in the months after that. Hopefully, his projections will prove to be incorrect, but in any event, keeping up on these trends is something that you will want to keep on your personal radar. 

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