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Potential Economic Devastation of the Ebola Virus
There is a virus on the loose in Africa that has a ninety percent mortality for anyone who contacts it. This is the Ebola virus. The virus which was previously confined to East Africa has now broken out in West Africa and spread into the most populous nation on the continent, Nigeria. This outbreak is the worst recorded and has health officials worried. We believe that investors should also be concerned about the potential economic devastation of the Ebola virus. How do you protect and invest your money if the world descends into an Ebola Virus chaos?
What Is Ebola?
Ebola virus disease is also known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever. The disease is believed to be initially contacted from infected animals such as pigs, monkeys or fruit bats. Once a person contacts the disease he or she may have symptoms in a couple of days or not for as long as three weeks. The initial symptoms of fever, sore throat, headache and muscle pains are non-specific so a person may go to a doctor or even be admitted to a hospital not knowing the cause. When nausea, vomiting, liver and kidney failure and bleeding occur the disease is obvious. A problem of this disease is that when a person is ill he or she carries the virus in bodily fluids so diarrhea, vomiting and bleeding can easily spread the disease. And, because the disease by not be apparent for up to three weeks an infected person could travel internationally and spread the disease in a neighboring country or continent. The disease so far is confined to Africa but an infected person traveled by air from Liberia to Nigeria bringing the disease with. As many as nine out of ten people who get the Ebola virus die. There is no vaccine and care is only supportive as there is no antibiotic that kills the virus. Quarantine and extreme precautions against touching infected materials are essential to control of the spread of the disease. In the current outbreak over a thousand people have been infected and to date nearly seven hundred are dead.
Extreme Circumstances Require Extreme Measures