The Current Ebola Outbreak Tops All Previous Outbreaks Combined: Food4Patriots Offers Tips on Protecting Your Family

In a report from the Washington Post, it was revealed that the number of deaths caused by the recent Ebola virus is up over 1,900. A staggering increase from the 1,552 total death less than a week prior.

Global fear is at an all-time high.

World Health Organization director general Margaret Chan had this to say at a special UN press briefing on the outbreak, “Ebola epidemic is the largest, and most severe, and most complex we have ever seen in the nearly 40-year history of this disease.” She added: “No one, even outbreak responders, (has) ever seen anything like it.”

More than 3,500 people are said to have been infected with the deadly virus as of the week of September 7th in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

According to ABC News, “The Ebola virus is described as a group of viruses that cause a deadly kind of hemorrhagic fever. The term “hemorrhagic fever” means it causes bleeding inside and outside the body. The virus has a long incubation period of approximately eight to 21 days. Early symptoms include fever, muscle weakness, sore throat and headaches. As the disease progresses, the virus can impair kidney and liver function and lead to external and internal bleeding. Its one of the most deadly viruses on Earth with a fatality rate that can reach between approximately 50 to 90 percent. There is no cure.”

Allan Baller of Food4Patriots was asked about how Ebola spreads, and if there’s a wise course of action to take.

“How Ebola spreads is a very interesting and important conversation. The main way that Ebola spreads is through bodily fluids, which is why people in close contact with Ebola patients are highly susceptible, including medical personnel. But experts in Britain are also fearful of the epidemic spreading through contaminated meat. A daily newspaper in the United Kingdom reported that Ebola could be spread through bush meat illegally smuggled into the country because wild animals carry the disease. Now, I dont claim to be an expert on infectious diseases, but I certainly would not take any chances with it. Just the fear of contaminated meat could lead to a run on supermarkets for many other types of foods, which would result in store shelves emptying quickly. The only way to safeguard against food being contaminated with Ebola or some other virus is stockpiling non-perishable, vitamin-rich food with a long shelf life that you can draw upon when emergencies like this occur.”

In summary:

You CANNOT get the Ebola virus through

  • Air
  • Water
  • Food

You CAN get the Ebola virus through

  • Touching the blood or body fluids of a person who is sick with or has died from Ebola.
  • Touching contaminated objects, like needles.
  • Touching infected animals, their blood or other body fluids, or their meat.

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