West Africa, We Stand With You!
Those of us that have had the chance to experience the beautiful people of West Africa will understand. Currently, across the ocean on the western shores of Africa people are in the fight for their lives. The ebola virus has reached significant proportions and the success against treating this awful disease is basically non-existent. We have many friends on the front line of the fight and we lift them up in prayer.
My whole family has been in service in this area of West Africa and we have grown to love the African people. There is no entitlement mindset, but pure love that has been shown when others come to provide help. Her Excellency Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is an amazing lady and we are comforted knowing that God has placed this great woman in a position to deal with this horrific situation. Unfortunately, the battle is long and the situation is dire. Please pray for these people and all of our friends that are putting themselves in harms way to try and contain the impact of the virus.
What is the ebola virus? Here are some basic details from the World Health Organization (WHO):
- Ebola virus disease (EVD), formerly known as Ebola haemorrhagic fever, is a severe, often fatal illness in humans.
- EVD outbreaks have a case fatality rate of up to 90%.
- EVD outbreaks occur primarily in remote villages in Central and West Africa, near tropical rainforests.
- The virus is transmitted to people from wild animals and spreads in the human population through human-to-human transmission.
- Fruit bats of the Pteropodidae family are considered to be the natural host of the Ebola virus.
- Severely ill patients require intensive supportive care. No licensed specific treatment or vaccine is available for use in people or animals.
The virus has killed more than 670 people and infected more than 1,000, including two Americans who are battling the disease. The World Health Organization is calling it the largest recorded outbreak of Ebola.
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