West Africa: Doctors fight to contain Ebola outbreak

Sunday, April 13, 2014
By Paul Martin


Doctors at an airport in Guinea, west Africa have been fighting to contain the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.

It’s the worst outbreak in years.

Thermal image cameras measure passengers’ body temperatures. Health workers are alerted to anyone over 38 degrees Celsius.

Tim Jagatic, a physian form the international medical charity Medicins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said patients who had sought medical help in the early stages of the disease, had better chances of survival.

“When a patient comes early, approaches us early within the disease then we have seen better outcomes. Other factors such as level of inoculation of the disease, which means how much of the virus they were exposed to is also a factor,” said Jagatic.

Ebola can reside in monkeys, rodents and bats and may be passed on to people who eat the bush meat.

The virus causes fever, vomiting and external and internal bleeding. It has about a 90 percent fatality rate. There is no known cure.

The outbreak has already spread to Sierra Leone and Liberia.

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