Ebola Disease Assignment

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Human Biology________________________________________ Assignment of Ebola Virus Disease Name: Sintija Heidemane Student Nr: 14104320 Class: Diploma in Foundation Studies - Science, Technology and Engineering 2014/ 2015 (DFS) Module: Biology Lecturers name: Dr. Paul Anglim Overview of Ebola According to https://web.stanford.edu/group/virus/filo/history.html and who.com Ebola virus disease was first detected in 1976 in Nzara, Sudan and Yambuku, Zaire (Democratic Republic of Congo, Africa). These two sudden outbreaks infected more than 284 people. Later in a village close to Ebola River more outbreaks started to happen and that’s where they named the virus after. Many scientists and researchers had…show more content…
Humans usually get the virus from consuming bush meat such as apes and bats and then spreading it amongst themselves. Humans usually get the virus through cuts and abrasions on the skin or through places like the mouth, nose, throat and eyes. Once inside the body it quickly infects the immune cells such as Monocytes, Macrophages and Dendritic cells. Once the virus is inside the body the incubation period is 2 to 21 days and then extreme flu like symptoms occur. (theguardian.com, 2014) Ebola Symptoms The symptoms of Ebola include the following: fever, fatigue, malaise, and weakness. Reddened eyes, joint and muscle pain. Headache, nausea and vomiting. There are also some other symptoms that may be included to this list such as: Diarrhoea, stomach pain and loss of appetite, cough, sore throat, and difficulty swallowing, rash, hiccups, chest pain and breathing problems. As the disease gets worse, symptoms can also include bleeding in certain areas outside and inside the body such as bleeding from the nose, ears and blood in stools. (who.com) According to http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs103/en/, it can be difficult to diagnose the disease as the symptoms are very similar to other infectious diseases such as malaria, typhoid fever and meningitis. To find out if it is the Ebola virus the following investigations are…show more content…
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