Ebola is the “one of the most virulent microbes” to mankind–there is no known cure and it has a 90% mortality rate.
The death toll from the current outbreak of ebola in West Africa has now hit 1,145.
And according to the U.N. Health Agency, the number of deaths are “vastly underestimated.”
Already, as of two weeks ago, more than 100 health workers had been infected. So who is going to care for the infected and sick, when the medical professionals themselves are sick and dead?
According to the World Health Organization, Ebola is spread by “direct contact (through broken skin or mucous membranes) with the blood, secretions, organs, or other bodily fluids of infected people, and indirect contact with environments infected with such fluids.”
However, as frightening and deadly as ebola is as a disease that spreads and must be contained, what is even more terrifying is that there are those who believe that terrorists may try to harness it into a dirty bomb.
CBS reports that a disease expert from Cambridge University says that “A bigger and more serious risk is that a [terrorist] group manages to harness the virus as a power, then explode it in a bomb in a highly populated area.”
A biological bomb like this “could cause a large number of horrific deaths,” and would further spread the disease–and until it stops, no one knows.
Visiting any number of local doctors offices, emergency rooms, or hospitals that are already filled with patients and with lengthy wait times to be treated, I cannot imagine what an Ebola (type) outbreak would look like.
I hope and pray we never find out the suffering, death, and havoc something a virus like this would cause–whether transmitted through human-to-human contact or by one of the dirtiest, sickest bombs you could imagine.
(Source Screenshot: here with attribution to Unicef)