posted on Aug, 3 2014 @ 11:59 AM
Some of the paranoia and blatant misinformation on this ebola outbreak is absolutely hilarious- but that's the internet for you. This disease is
spreading though western africa because it is "new" there - most outbreaks have been in the congo/uganda/eastern africa. They have learned to
"deal" with the disease, they even changed long held cultural practices to stop the spread, but that is a different story in western africa.
There is little education or knowledge of ebola in the areas of the recent outbreaks. Much of the population do not even believe Ebola is real.
There is also a strong distrust of medical aid workers, especially foreigners. The aid workers are contracting the disease because these areas are
very very impoverished - not every health care worker has a "working" hazmat suit, nor even basic medical supplies.
It also doesn't help that the symptoms of ebola are very very generic until it is too late, so many don't seek treatment until they are critically
ill and have spread the disease around to most of their family members/caretakers. Ebola thrives in unsanitary conditions that are rife in western
africa. The cultural practice of the family cleaning their recently dead family members and displaying the body at home is also spreading the
disease, as Ebola stays actively contagious in dead bodies. Ebola also is not easy to test for. It appears, too, that the disease is now in the
local wildlife population, and the practice of eating "bush meat" is spreading the disease.
The conditions for this outbreak in western africa have been like a perfect storm for the spread of Ebola - the same type of outbreak occurring in the
western world would take a giant leap of imagination - the conditions and education here are much much different, plus ebola does not pop up in our
daily food supply as it does in Africa.