Ebola

Ebola

A smart virus is a worthy adversary to the brightest of scientists. A virus that presents itself in classic fashion; with high fever, headache, sore throat and abdominal pain. This is how adenovirus, ebstein-barr virus, enterovirus, and the coxsackie virus can also present, as well as countless unnamed other infectious agents. They all look the same at first glance. It is only with time and progression of symptoms that the diagnosis becomes clear— a rash develops on hands and feet and hand-foot-mouth is diagnosed, blood is drawn from the ailing patient and mono is detected; vomiting, diarrhea and hemorrhaging develop and now, today, Ebola must be considered. Sometimes we never categorize an illness beyond viral, but luckily our patients almost always improve through simple supportive measures. That is really the distinguishing factor here, the mortality rate of something as debilitating and pervasive as the seasonal flu is only about 2-4%, compared…