The Ebola outbreak that started in West Africa became a global issue as the number of people infected grew and spread to the citizens of America and Europe. In Liberia a West African country, there were 4,769 deaths from Ebola. The disease takes 21 days of incubation which means you would not know if you have it until 21 days after you contract it. The first Ebola case was reported in Guinea when researchers found a 2 year old boy that had died from it in December 2013. Nine months later, on September 30, 2014, the first Ebola case in the USA had been reported.
There has always been a little fear in the world of a global pandemic, but the recent Ebola outbreak really sparked it. At the extreme, a pandemic across the world could spread and kill millions of people. This potentially disastrous event didn't effect me directly but indirectly. My aunt works for the CDC and went to Sierra Leone as a researcher and worker. When she returned, she had to be quarantined for a few weeks to make sure she didn't have Ebola. In addition, the Ebola outbreak has affected my dad's travels. Airports began to check to see if passengers had a fever to make sure they weren't carrying a disease that could infect another country. The world now has a much greater awareness of Ebola and the effects of it. Also, concerns of a potential worldwide pandemic increased.
The Ebola disease has given me a much deeper understanding of how quickly one can die after being diagnosed with the disease. In conclusion, this makes me and many others think how fragile life is and how I appreciate the amazing health care we have in America compared to other countries. Fortunately, this did not result in a global pandemic and only four USA citizens were infected and one of them ended up dying.