The Ebola virus has continued to spread over the past week and it is now seen as the deadliest outbreak in the history of the disease. World leaders are quickly trying to come up with solutions and U.S. federal health officials are warning people to not travel to countries with the greatest risk of Ebola virus, including Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, according to the New York Times.
Frightened by the recent news surrounding the Ebola outbreak and not exactly sure what the disease is all about? Here are 7 things you need to know about the biggest Ebola outbreak ever.
1. The current death toll from Ebola has reached 729 people
The World Health Organization (WHO) announced that over the course of four days, from July 24 to July 27, 57 people died and 122 new cases of Ebola were detected. The total number of people currently infected is 1,323, which is the largest single outbreak that has occurred since Ebola was first identified about 40 years ago, the New York Times said.
2. This is the biggest outbreak of Ebola ever
Compared to other diseases, Ebola really isn’t very old. The first Ebola virus strain was discovered in 1976 along the Ebola River in what today is the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Since 1976, other outbreaks have occurred in the region, but no other outbreaks have caused as many deaths.
The CDC issued a Level 3 travel warning on July 31, 2014, urging people to avoid travel to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, countries experiencing the outbreak. The CDC uses travel notices to let travelers know about health concerns in different countries. This is a very serious warning, as these are the only three countries in the world listed as Level 3, the highest warning, by the CDC.
3. Ebola symptoms are extreme and range from headache to bleeding throughout the body