Published On: Fri, Sep 5th, 2014

Due to Ebola Infection, Sierra Leone Lab Shut Down by WHO

Recently, the Ebola virus has become the hype all over the world, both online and offline. This particular disease is known to be very deadly. As a matter of fact, ever since the Ebola virus was detected inside the deep part of the jungle in the southeastern part of the Guinea back in March 2014, there have been no less than 1,427 people who died because of this particular disease. In addition to those who died, there are at least 2,615 people who have been diagnosed to be infected with the deadly Ebola virus.


Taking everything into account, it only seems appropriate for the World Health Organization, or the WHO for short, to take immediate action. In this case, the organization has managed to shut down a laboratory which is based in the Sierra Leone. The shutdown came as a result of one single worker there diagnosed to be infected with the deadly virus mentioned earlier. Yet, the shutting down of the Sierra Leone lab is not the only move that the WHO is considering to take.


In addition to the shutdown of the laboratory mentioned above, the WHO has also decided to deploy as many as four hundred staffs of its own to work in close collaboration with some of its partner organizations in an attempt to fight against the wide spreading hemorrhagic fever that is very contagious. The Ebola virus is known to have now spread to Nigeria, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia as well. There has even been a separate Ebola virus outbreak in Congo, which was reported for the first time on Sunday. However, as for Nigeria, its health minister declares that the country has been able to contain the virus outbreak so far.

Now, the important thing to note is how this particular disease can possibly spread. The Ebola virus, which seems to be one of the deadliest viruses ever in the world, can transmit its infection if the body of the sufferers gets into contact with the body of other people who are non-sufferers. The virus will transmit via body fluids. As deadly as it is, the Ebola virus has even led a hundred and twenty healthcare workers, at the minimum, to their death.


Faced against such a deadly virus, the human race really should try to come up with a potential medication for the disease. Well, it is not that there has absolutely been no potential medication at all. There is actually one possible solution to the problem and this is the new drug called the ZMapp. However, this new drug has yet to be certified and hence has no license whatsoever. In addition to that, it is still in the experimental phase and has caused deaths during testing. The ZMapp drug has been used to try to treat six healthcare workers that have been diagnosed to be infected with the Ebola virus. Unfortunately, two of these healthcare workers no longer exist or in other words, they have died after being treated with the new drug.


However, a totally contradicting effect of the drug has been experienced by a British man who once volunteered to work in the West Africa. While providing his service, the man in question became infected with the Ebola virus as well. The man is now being treated at a hospital in London. Surprisingly enough, the man is said to be ‘in good spirits’.


Liberia seems to be the country that worst suffers from the Ebola virus infections. The country has now been added to the list of banned destination by a lot of other countries. The British Airways, for instance, has declared that the company will suspend flight to Liberia even further, at least until December 31, 2014, due to the Ebola infections. Yet, according to Lewis Brown, an Information Minister, this isolation of Liberia – besides Guinea and Sierra Leone – will not be helpful towards the fight against the Ebola disease. After all, how are the people of the banned countries supposed to get basic goods or supplies to their country if not from other countries? Then, how will experts from advanced countries fly to the banned countries to help the people get over the Ebola infections? Still, no party is to blame in this case. After all, which government wants to risk its citizens of being infected with such a deadly virus that mankind still does not know how to cure?

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