Saturday, October 18, 2014

Military Health Updates on Ebola Crisis

Once upon a time, it does seem now like a fairy tail in these recent years, and not long ago Americans mostly supported Humanitarian responses to World problems and not with empty, Poser, patriotic words and symbols. The World watched as we joined together, mostly, to give aid and comfort as well as leadership. That's now long gone as we've erased the lines and crossed over to extremism in the name of politics. But I digress into the now reality, now an update:

The Military Health System published two new documents about the Ebola crisis:

- Fact sheet for families of Service members deploying to West Africa -
- Frequently Asked Questions about Ebola -

Ebola, previously known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever, is a severe, often fatal disease in humans and nonhuman primates (such as monkeys, gorillas, and chimpanzees).

Ebola is a rare and deadly disease caused by infection with a virus of the family Filoviridae, genus Ebolavirus. There are five identified Ebolavirus species, four of which have caused disease in humans: Zaire ebolavirus; Sudan ebolavirus; Taï Forest ebolavirus, formerly Côte d’Ivoire ebolavirus; and Bundibugyo ebolavirus. The fifth, Reston ebolavirus, has caused disease in nonhuman primates but not in humans.

Ebola is found in several African countries. The first Ebola species was discovered in 1976 near the Ebola River in what is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Since then, outbreaks have appeared sporadically in Africa.

The natural reservoir host of Ebola remains unknown. However, on the basis of available evidence and the nature of similar viruses, researchers believe that the virus is animal-borne with bats being the most likely reservoir. Four of the five subtypes occur in an animal host native to Africa.

Learn more about Ebola:

Earlier Post On Ebola: 'Operation United Assistance'

Face of Defense: Soldiers to Support Operation United Assistance

Guard, Reserves Available for Ebola Response
Oct 17, 2014 - The Commander in Chief OKs calling up Guardsmen and Reservists to assist in the West Africa Ebola response.

Oct. 17, 2014 - Obama Activates Reserves for Operation United Assistance

Oct. 17, 2014 – Transcom Widens Logistics Pipeline in Ebola Fight

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