Ebola – The Disease From The Forests

Ebola- The Disease From the Forests

A Changing Wild World

Photo - Noah Goodrich.  Sierra Leone Forest Photo – Noah Goodrich.
Sierra Leone Forest

Ebola is sweeping through West Africa, affecting Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. As of the 16th October, 4,5oo people have died from the disease and 9,000 have been infected. The international response is painfully slow but after Ebola came to the USA, the rush to help and cure the disease is underway. The WHO has said this is the most complex and largest outbreak of Ebola. The first outbreak of Ebola came in 1976 near the Ebola River in the Democratic of the Congo.

In light of the recent Ebola outbreak, some researchers are connecting deforestation in countries such as Liberia to the disease, noting that the change in landscape is bringing wildlife in closer contact with humans. In light of the recent Ebola outbreak, some researchers are connecting deforestation in countries such as Liberia to the disease, noting that the change in landscape is bringing wildlife in closer contact with humans.

Ebola is a zoonotic disease. What causes the transmission of the disease from animals to humans? It remains to be seen. However, the driving force…

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