According to the latest assessment by the World Health Organization (WHO), the Ebola virus is spreading out of control across West Africa, with cases currently impacting Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia. As of July 16, 2014, more than 600 people have died and many more are infected. Ebola can kill up to 90% of its victims, and the current outbreak is already the worst ever recorded.
Symptoms of Ebola often resemble symptoms for less deadly diseases like malaria, but after what is typically a 21 day incubation period, Ebola causes fever, vomiting, bleeding and diarrhea. First detected in then Zaire, now Democratic Republic of the Congo, in the mid-1970s, Ebola is spread through contact with blood and bodily fluids of infected people or animals.
Africare is working to reduce the spread of Ebola and save lives by sending much needed medical supplies to each of the three countries currently impacted, but we need your help. Already, Africare has arranged to ship more than $525,000 worth of badly needed supplies to Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia. Help us do more.