The recent outbreak of the Ebola virus in Africa has been a cause for panic and concern worldwide. In this essay, we will explore the true nature of this virus and look at how it fits into today's globalized world. It is clear that while there is some element of fear and pandemonium surrounding Ebola, it can also be seen as a real pandemic threat.
In order to properly assess the threat posed by Ebola, it is important to first understand what the disease actually is. Ebola is a deadly virus that belongs to a family of viruses known as filoviruses; these are responsible for causing severe hemorrhagic fevers in humans and non-human primates. The virus itself is spread through direct contact with blood or bodily fluids from an infected person or animal, as well as through contact with contaminated objects such as needles. Symptoms usually appear within three weeks after infection; these include fever, headache, muscle aches, vomiting, and diarrhea. If left untreated, the virus can lead to organ failure and death in up to 90% of cases.
The widespread panic over Ebola has been caused by its highly contagious nature - once contracted, the disease can quickly spread from one individual to another if proper precautions are not taken - as well as its high mortality rate. However, while it should not be underestimated or disregarded entirely due to these factors, it is important to remember that there are ways in which the spread of the disease can be contained and managed effectively if adequate measures are taken both locally and internationally. This includes measures such as increased public awareness campaigns about preventive measures (such as avoiding contact with infected individuals or animals), strict quarantine procedures for those suspected of being infected with the virus, improved access to medical care in affected areas (including testing kits) and better international collaboration on vaccine research efforts so that an effective vaccine can be developed sooner rather than later.
It is also worth noting that although globalization has enabled diseases such as Ebola to rapidly travel across borders due to increased levels of travel between countries (as evidenced by reports showing how quickly cases have spread from West Africa around Europe), it has also provided us with tools which can help us contain them before they become full-blown pandemics; for example, advances in technology mean that we now have better surveillance systems which allow us to track down cases more quickly than before so that they can be isolated and treated promptly before they spread further afield. Furthermore, developments in medicine such as antiviral drugs have allowed us to treat certain types of illnesses more effectively than ever before - meaning that even if someone does contract the disease then their chances of survival are higher than ever before provided they receive prompt medical attention when necessary.
In conclusion then, although there may often seem like an element of pandemonium when discussing outbreaks such as Ebola due to its highly contagious nature combined with its high mortality rate – it should still be seen primarily as a real pandemic threat that needs urgent attention from both local governments and international institutions alike if it stands any chance of being controlled effectively before becoming out of hand. After all, the only way we will truly defeat this virus is by uniting our forces globally against it so that we can develop an effective vaccine soon enough – something which cannot happen without everyone working together towards this common goal.