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Ebola Virus' New Adaptable Property Makes It More Dangerously Infectious To Humans

By Lester , Nov 08, 2016 12:00 PM EST
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The last strain of the Ebola outbreak in the areas of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leon, was one that has seen the infectiousness to have leveled up to four times than the previous Ebola strain. Scientists found out that the surface of the Ebola Strain can easily mesh with the human cells making it easy for the microbe to infect the human anatomical system.

The infection is so dangerous that the Ebola strain is now where it's at, a quadruple mutation, Professor Jeremy Luban of the University of Massachusetts told BBC World Science in Action. "The danger now is that it has become more infectious", he added

During the last outbreak, there were 28,616 cases of the Ebola strain, and 11,310 people succumbed to this virus. It became so deadly that once it infects a person, it attacks individual cells making some of it explode causing bleeding to all exit points of the body. It is not a pretty sight to see people suffer horribly. The infection damages almost all organs of the body. Almost half of the infected people will die when an Ebola outbreak occurs.

Although deadly as it is, there are precautionary measures to avoid Ebola infection. The first thing to do is to avoid contact with the infected. Wear safety clothing when handling an infected host. Wear masks, gloves, visors, and gowns for protection. Frequent washing of hands is needed. Wash disposable clothing and dispose of it properly. Then wash hands again, the Patient warns.

Ebola virus adaptability has risen to new heights. Whenever this strain is introduced to new surroundings, it easily adapts to it, which makes it dangerously infectious.

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa was not only the biggest infection of all time but was even a bigger outbreak from all of the known outbreaks combined. It managed to penetrate into densely populated cities like Monrovia in Liberia.

Scientists are now vigilant as ever as to where and when might the next outbreak occur.

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