I am not going to pretend to be an expert on the subject of Ebola. I’m not, not at all. I am, however, doing my research, reading up on Ebola, and trying to understand all the different possible scenarios when it comes to the virus and its transmission. In doing all my research on the topic, I have obviously come across many websites that contain vast quantities of information. I thought it might be nice to post the sites I have found useful to help others read up on the topic on their own. The fact that the Ebola virus can mutate as it travels from host to host opens an array of scary possibilities into future transmission and overall devastation levels of the virus.
Considering the recent headlines stating that Ebola cases could reach 1.4 million in the coming months, educating ourselves is important. From The New York Times:
In the worst-case scenario, the two countries could have a total of 21,000 cases of Ebola by Sept. 30 and 1.4 million cases by Jan. 20 if the disease keeps spreading without effective methods to contain it. These figures take into account the fact that many cases go undetected, and estimate that there are actually 2.5 times as many as reported.
The resources outlined here contain a lot of general information. With the Ebola virus showing up in areas of the world outside of the African countries in which this current outbreak first appeared, there is a lot of fear out there. The first step to being prepared is having knowledge and a general understanding of what we know about Ebola right now, in its current form. Obviously with the possibility of mutations, the information could change at any time. But getting that initial understanding is key to knowing steps we can take now to keep ourselves and our families safe for the time being.
- biodefense.com – this website contains videos with news and information on preparing for an Ebola outbreak.
- Centers for Disease Control – the CDC website has information on Ebola, signs and symptoms, transmission, etc.
- National Health Service UK – the NHS UK website is full of news and information on the Ebola virus.
- Web MD – Web MD is a great resource for signs and symptoms of Ebola.
- World Health Organization – the WHO website has a lot of information on Ebola, much like the CDC website.