There is a scary problem that lurks beyond frenzied efforts for keeping the people away from the spread of Ebola. No one is actually aware as to from where the virus is coming from or how should it be stopped, so that there are no new outbreaks.
2 dozen outbreaks of Ebola has been caused in Africa since the year 1976. Probably, it comes from bats, but still their origin in nature has to be pinpointed.
However, this has to wait until the current outbreak is tamed. More than 1,100 lives have been claimed in 4 countries and this is the worst toll ever in the history of Ebola.
Jonathan Towner, a scientist says that firstly the outbreak should be brought under control. Once that issue is resolved, then we should go back for finding what the source is. Others are of the opinion that the origins of Ebola is more than down-the-road scientific curiosity. It is important to confirm the source, says a scientist of Virginia Commonwealth University, Dr. Richard Wenzel.
Throughout the history, some biggest wins against these infectious diseases have involved and they have not been limited to the spread from person-to-person but also involve controlling as well as finding out the sources in nature.
After the germ was tied to rat-riding fleas, Plague was halted. With SARS, the respiratory disease, civet cats played a role. With bird flu, it was live poultry markets and with typhus it was lice. For controlling MERS, a virus through which sporadic outbreaks are caused in Middle East, the role of camels is explored.
When it comes to Ebola, health experts think that the outbreak is from handling or eating infected animals. They think that the virus comes from certain bats. WHO lists porcupines, forest antelope, monkeys, gorillas and chimpanzees as playing a role. Pig farms may also contribute.
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