Ebola has been in the news for a while since an outbreak was identified in west Africa (first cases were reported in March 2014), but it’s back on the front page after the CDC confirmed that a patient in Dallas, Texas has the Ebola virus.
The Ebola virus was initially discovered in 1976, though the present outbreak in west Africa has been identified as the largest and most complex outbreak since Ebola’s discovery. Not only are there more cases and deaths in this outbreak than all others combined, but it has spread between countries. The Ebola outbreak started in Guinea and then spread across land to Sierra Leone and Liberia, by air to Nigeria, and by land to Senegal.
What is Ebola?
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the Ebola virus causes an acute, serious illness which is often fatal if untreated. Ebola virus disease (EVD) first appeared in 1976 in 2 simultaneous outbreaks, one in Nzara, Sudan, and the other in Yambuku, Democratic Republic of Congo. The latter occurred in a village near the Ebola River, from which the disease takes its name. You can read more about the Ebola virus here.
Should I freak out?
No, you really shouldn’t… Ebola is a difficult virus to transmit and is only transferred through bodily fluids: vomit, sweat and blood. It cannot go airborne which makes it usually containable by sophisticated health care systems. Read more from Vox about what we know and don’t know about Ebola in the US.
Regardless, My Panama Escorts is always looking for reasons to get people to Panama! Therefore, we won’t blame you for using a virus for which there is currently no cure as an excuse to make it down to Panama.