We humans continue to use all of the natural resources available to us. This includes the rain forest trees for lumber and rare woods. Each time we destroy a part of the tropical rain forests we displace the fauna that live there. This includes bacteria and viruses. Larger animals move on to habitat that humans have not yet destroyed, while bacteria and viruses seek new hosts. Some of these microscopic entities use humans as the host with what could be fatal results for the human host.
Patient zero in the case of the current outbreak of Ebola in West Africa was a two year old girl. No one knows how she came in contact with the disease, but it is my guess that it was not through contact with any living animal. When she died her family came from many villages and carried the disease with them when they returned to their homes. Thus began the spread of the disease.
It is believed that the disease spreads through contact with bodily fluids of an infected individual. The truth is that no one, even our best scientists, knows if there is any other transmission device in play. Two US citizens have been brought to this country for treatment. During their service in the infected areas they wore protective suits that would have prevented them from coming in contact with any bodily fluids of infected patients. Both were well trained in medical procedures, one being a doctor and the other a nurse. So how did they become infected?
We do know that these types of viruses are constantly evolving. It only takes one mutation into an air born transmission to begin infecting anyone who comes in contact with it. We also don't understand totally if survivors of the disease become carriers of it. So why did they bring the two infected Americans to this country? They could have just as easily taken the proper equipment and isolation units to them in Africa. Are we now in danger of the disease being in the United States? Does anyone have an answer to what is to come? Even the CDC (Center for Disease Control) has upgraded their staff to level one which puts all scientists and workers at their highest level where everyone is working on controlling the disease. I wonder what's next? Care to take a guess?