First of all there is no denying that Ebola is a serious and very dangerous disease with fatalities resulting in 50% and more of the cases. That is a very high number, some even say that in some specific strains it can approach 90%. And the World Health Organization says it is moving faster than it can be controlled and over one hundred health workers in the affected area of Africa have been infected, including the American doctor and health worker who have now been returned to the United States for treatment at Emory University Medical Center in Atlanta.
To date over eight hundred people have died and nearly fifteen hundred have been infected. And now multiple reports in Europe and even in the United States show that symptoms are even showing up in Europe and North America. With airplane travel so widespread, all it takes is a person who is in the incubation stage to carry it wherever he travels not even knowing he has it or showing signs of the infection.
Now here's the scary part. The incubation period is from two to twenty one days so screening for it is very difficult until it is full blown. There is no known cure for it and it appears that the current outbreak is a new strain, so we don't even know what to expect and look for. And while it was originally reported that it could be only spread by direct contact with bodily fluids, Canadian medical authorities challenge that, saying that suspended droplets in the air can spread it naturally. Viruses are smart, sometimes smarter than our technology, and they adapt quickly on their own to the environment in which they find themselves.
But there is some good or potentially good news. Remember, Africa is a breeding ground for many diseases largely because of its hot and wet climate and the fact that so many of her people do not get adequate nutrition and also lack shelter and protective clothing. Nutrition plays a huge role in making people susceptible to disease because of their rundown physical condition.
Apparently the two suffering medical workers that were brought to Atlanta are responding well. My the irony of finding a potential medicine to treat Ebola coming from a tobacco plant. I doubt if the liberals will ever live that down. And hopes are high and we should all pray that the optimism is not unfounded, but there is still a long way to go and with the media constantly drumming up gloom and doom let's hope that fear does not conquer all in this case.
The most dangerous thing to consider, however, might not be from Ebola but another potential medical threat and the silence of the CDC about it is deafening. With reports of hundreds of illegals coming across the border with diseases that have been seen in the United States in generations, could the Ebola scare be just a cover to take our attention away from the Southern border? Reports of gangs in khaki military-looking uniforms are springing up in Texas and even some of our Border Patrol folks are reported sick with alien diseases such as the mutant strain of TB.
Be ever vigilant, America, as we have some tough days ahead and Ebola might just be the least of our worries. Get your faith on and your Spirit reinforced so that you can face whatever is coming. We're going to need His strength.