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7 Facts you should know about Ebola

Ignorance is very costly and in the case if ebola, it is costing a lot of lives. As the old saying goes, prevention is better than cure. Hygiene and personal care are at the forefront of stopping the spread of ebola. Ebola is spreading very fast in Africa because of our customs. One of these customs is that of washing dead bodies. By caring and loving on our relatives we actually put ourselves at risk. If medical personnel advise not to make contact with sick relatives, it is better to follow what the experts say. Ebola doesn’t discriminate, if you make contact with the virus, you will catch it. Ignorance does not protect you from infection.

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The worst Ebola outbreak on record is currently unfolding in West Africa, and it’s been a long affair that has infected more than 1,000, killed more than 600 people, and has yet to show any signs of slowing down.

The outbreak has gotten so bad that countries like Sierra Leone are now quarantining affected communities and have said that they’ll send in the police or military to enforce them if necessary.

Here’s the most basic facts you should know about Ebola:
1) Ebola doesn’t change as fast as some other viruses

A microscope image of Ebola virus, magnified 100,000 times. (BSIP/UIG via Getty Images)

The Ebola virus that’s causing the current outbreak is a known quantity. And there’s no expectation that it will change significantly. Ebola was first discovered in 1976 and has stayed pretty much the same ever since.

Some other kinds of microbes can change drastically from year…

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