Ebola – Burkina Faso

August 22, 2021 – A suspected Ebola case reported in Burkina Faso. A 22 year-old adult male is suspected to have Ebola after showing signs of a hemorrhagic fever. The individual traveled to Burkina Faso from the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire. No other symptoms were mentioned in the source. The individual has been admitted to the Bogodogo University Hospital Center on August 22, 2021.

The origin of the suspected Ebola contraction is not known. Ebola is a virus that causes hemorrhagic fever and other complications such as poor blood clotting in the human body. Severe stages can lead to death. It is transmitted from contact with the blood or bodily fluid of another infected person or primate and is primarily found in the African Sub-Saharan regions. It is suspected that this individual came into contact with an individual who carried the virus, though this is still under investigation.

Officials state that the current action plan is to strengthen border control and conduct an etiological investigation.

Photo: Ebola virus – Electron micrograph.

Ebola, also known as Ebola virus disease (EVD) or Ebola hemorrhagic fever (EHF), is a viral hemorrhagic fever of humans and other primates caused by ebolaviruses. Signs and symptoms typically start between two days and three weeks after contracting the virus with a fever, sore throat, muscular pain, and headaches. Some people begin to bleed both internally and externally.

The disease has a high risk of death, killing 25% to 90% of those infected, with an average of about 50%.

Several vaccines for Ebola exist.

The disease was first identified in 1976, in two simultaneous outbreaks: one in Nzara (a town in South Sudan) and the other in Yambuku (Democratic Republic of the Congo), a village relatively near the Ebola River from which the disease takes its name.

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