Ebola is an infectious and fatal disease that is marked fever, vomiting, diarrhea, and internal bleeding. It is not airborne, but Ebola is widely spread through contact with body fluids. The Ebola outbreak has taken a toll making it the largest and deadliest, as of February 2014 in West Africa.

Sudan and Democratic Republic of Congo was the first outbreak in 1976

Having to wake up in pain is not what I’d wish for anyone, not even my worst enemy. From a headache to the puking of blood. Nothing could be worse that what I feel. I can barely even stand up or walk anywhere. I don’t have enough strength to pick myself up and everything I eat, I puke out. It’s so hard to take care of my family because they’ll get infected. Though, I have a feeling they are already infected with this disease I am hoping my family is okay and it is best for me to stay in hospital away from my family. Maybe that way my family would be safe.

I am now in the hospital and the pain won’t go away. I feel like my time is coming and I’ll have to say goodbye to my family soon. I just hope they’re still healthy and I haven’t infected them. I ask one of the doctors taking care of the sick to record me saying my goodbyes to my family, without hesitation he did it. Later, that night my illness got worse and I knew I was going to die. I am shaking and can barely even write in my journal. If my family is reading this, I love you, and I will always have you in my heart.

-Ana Esquivel

Liberia has the most cases and deaths recorded as of November 2014

Ebola in Dallas, Texas

Dear Diary,

July 15, 2014, I have never been so far away from my children. I can only have one phone call to America on Sundays, I use the hour to read them a story or two and tell them goodnight and that I love them. My wife Georgia knows the possibilities of me dieing while in Sierra Leone, She knows that having a traditional funeral would be impossible. I tell her everything will be alright and I will stay safe. But what she doesn’t know is that Doctors, nurses, staff, are being infected with the virus even with precautionary.

MSF has also trained around 700 community health workers to spread health promotion messages in their communities. Our agenda is to treat, observe those with the virus and gather those from the close villages. Everyday I am expected to cover any open/ exposed skin to prevent any contact with a patient. Clean our surfaces with chlorine and sometimes twice to make sure. Unfortunately, Ebola has changed our way of thinking and our customs. We are used to shaking hands when being greeted, but now we are distant when coming in contact with each other. The symptoms of Ebola can be easily identified if you're paying close attention. First symptoms are cough, fatigue, and diarrhea. I pray every night that I can see my family one more time.

Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Nigeria are the West African countries affected with Ebola.

As a writer of the Education Association, Ebola has been a traumatic outbreak since the tornado outbreak in March 2-3, 2012. Ebola outbreak has been reaching headlines, especially in America, where Eric Duncan was the first person who died of the Ebola virus, in America. However the agent of the situation lies in the West African countries of Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Nigeria. Ebola has been in this outbreak since February 2014, and is fairly increasing as time go by.

We interviewed families and close friends of those who have loved ones who are suffering or survived the body war of Ebola. The comments were sympathetic views as to wanting them to stay alive and visualizations if they were to leave. To add, James Ashoka, a survivor of Ebola who contracted it when caring for a patient, explained “The feeling was more of what would death feel of, knowing this disease is fatal. I was more concerned to what pain it would be if I given it to my family and they would be in suffrage.” We also interviewed Dr. Kenny Brant from the Health Organization, who took care of Ebola patients, including James Ashoka, claiming, “We try our best to hydrate and cure the patient as soon as they enter the hospital. Even though the resources are at a minimum, we receive donations and help fro more doctors, which is good because our main focus is to stop this outbreak and most importantly heal the patients.

-Erika Bailey

Dick Gregory reports on radio to declare Ebola is a hoax. He believes that Ebola is a strike into war with Isis.

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