The outbreak of Ebola in Guinea has now infected as many as 125 people, and at least 80 people have been killed by the incurable virus that has spread panic across West Africa. Health organizations are stepping in to contain the outbreak.
Medical facilities within Guinea are tightening their infection and control procedures as well as educating the people. Viruses like Ebola hide within animals and it is important that people be informed of what they are eating, and the possible dangers.
The virus is not airborne, but is contracted by a person coming in close contact with someone who has been infected. As soon as a person is infected, they become sick almost immediately. Initial symptoms include diarrhea, vomiting and body aches; some bleed through the eyes, ears or nose.
The World Health Organization states that an Ebola outbreak cannot be declared over until no new cases have been reported for at least 21 days. IBTimes senior reporter Connor Sheets spoke to IBTimesTV about the feedback he got from experts on the outbreak and the risks of it spreading. The overall sentiment was that this epidemic can be contained successfully and there are high hopes for its eradication.