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  • FEAR IS RISING IN WEST AFRICA AMID THE REGION'S FIRST-EVER EBOLA OUTBREAK. THE OUTBREAK BEGAN

  • IN GUINEA'S SOUTHEASTERN FOREST REGION IN FEBRUARY, AND HAS BEEN SPREADING

  • EVER SINCE, WITH THE DEATH TOLL CONTINUING TO GO UP. LINORD MOUDOU COVERS AFRICAN HEALTH

  • ISSUES FOR VOA AND JOINS ME RIGHT NOW. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING US. (MY

  • PLEASURE) WHAT IS THIS EBOLA? CAN YOU PLEASE EXPLAIN?

  • WELL EBOLA DISEASE ACTUALLY IS A VIRUS THAT WAS DISCOVERED IN 1976 IN THE CENTRAL AFRICAN

  • REGION, PRECISELY IN THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO, BUT THEN IT WAS ZAIRE. AND

  • IT'S ONE OF THE MOST VIRULENT DISEASES KNOWN AS OF TODAY. AND IT CAN CAUSE DEATH WITHIN

  • DAYS AND IT'S VERY VERY DANGEROUS.

  • AND WHAT ARE THE WEST AFRICAN HEALTH OFFICIALS DOING TO TRY TO CONTAIN THE OUTBREAK? IS THERE

  • A CURE? CAN YOU AVOID GETTING IT?

  • YOU CAN AVOID GETTING IT. SOME OF THE STEPS THAT HAVE BEEN RECOMMENDED BY HEALTH OFFICIALS

  • INCLUDE KEEPING BASIC RULES OF HYGIENE SUCH AS WASHING YOUR HANDS, AVOIDING BUSH

  • MEAT. SOME OF THE COUNTRIES IN THE REGION, IT'S PART OF THE DIET TO EAT BUSH MEAT. MAYBE

  • A MONKEY, OR BATS. SO OFFICIALS ARE REALLY ENCOURAGING PEOPLE TO AVOID EATING

  • MEAT, AS OF NOW, AND IF YOU FEEL ANY TYPES OF SYMPTOMS, WHICH INCLUDE FEVER, VOMITING,

  • DIARRHEA, TO REPORT TO THE NEAREST HEALTH CENTER. IF THERE IS A CURE? NO, THERE IS

  • NO CURE. THERE IS NOT REALLY A VACCINE EITHER. WHAT THEY ARE DOING TO ADDRESS THE ISSUE WITH

  • PEOPLE THAT ARE SICK IS TO TREAT THE SYMPTOMS, TO KEEP THEM HYRDATED AND

  • INSURE THAT THEIR OWN BODY KIND OF REJECTS THE VIRUS.

  • HOW DOES IT SPREAD?

  • FIRST OF ALL FROM THE ANIMAL TO HUMANS BY COMING IN CONTACT WITH AN INFECTED WILD ANIMAL.

  • FROM HUMAN TO HUMAN, IT'S THROUGH BODILY FLUIDS, BLOOD, SEMEN, OR ANY OTHER TYPE

  • OF BODILY FLUID, THAT'S HOW IT IS SPREAD.

  • CORRECT ME IF I'M WRONG. EATING BUSH MEAT IS PART OF MANY PEOPLE'S CULTURE. HOW CAN

  • THEY AVOID EATING MEAT WHICH IS A PART OF THEIR DIET?

  • IT'S VERY DIFFICULT OF COURSE. I GUESS THE MOST CRITICAL TIME IS WHEN THERE IS AN OUTBREAK

  • OBVIOUSLY SO YOU JUST HAVE TO MAKE THE SACRIFICE.

  • LASTLY, IT'S BEEN COMING IN OUTBREAKS, COMING AND GOING. WHY DO YOU THINK THAT'S BEEN HAPPENING?

  • IT'S DIFFICULT TO SAY. EVEN THE EXPERTS WILL TELL YOU BECAUSE EBOLA IS UNPREDICTABLE, IT'S

  • RARE, AND IT HAPPENS OFTEN IN REMOTE AREAS. WHAT IS HAPPENING TODAY WITH THE

  • CASE IN GUINEA IS RARE BECAUSE WE SEE IT HAPPENING IN CONAKRY, IN THE CAPITAL. SO IT'S VERY VERY

  • DIFFICULT TO TELL. WHAT HEALTH OFFICIALS HOPE IS THAT THEY ARE ABLE TO

  • CONTAIN IT. RIGHT NOW W-H-O IS WORKING CLOSELY WITH THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH IN GUINEA, AS

  • WELL AS MEDICINS SANS FROTIERES, DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS, AND THEY'RE REALLY

  • KEEPING A CLOSE WATCH ON THE PEOPLE THAT HAVE BEEN AROUND THOSE WHO ARE SICK, EVEN THE HEALTH

  • WORKERS BECAUSE THEY ARE VERY MUCH VICITIMIZED IN A CRISIS LIKE THIS.

  • LINORD MOUDOU, VOA AFRICA HEALTH REPORTER, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING US.

FEAR IS RISING IN WEST AFRICA AMID THE REGION'S FIRST-EVER EBOLA OUTBREAK. THE OUTBREAK BEGAN

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