The President is putting troops on the ground in the fight against Ebola. These troops will be on the front line helping to put a stop to the spread of this deadly virus.
This prompte us to ask, is Ebola more of a threat than ISIS?
The deadliest Ebola outbreak in recorded history is happening right now. The outbreak is unprecedented both in the number of people who have gotten sick and in geographic scope. And so far, it’s been a long battle that doesn’t appear to be slowing down.
The Ebola virus has now hit five countries: Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, and Senegal.
The virus — which starts off with flu-like symptoms and sometimes ends with bleeding — has infected about 3,700 people and killed more than 1,800 since this winter, according to estimates on September 4 from the World Health Organization.
Ebola is both rare and very deadly. Since the first outbreak in 1976, Ebola viruses have infected thousands of people and killed roughly 60 percent of them. Symptoms can come on quickly and kill fast.
Journalist David Quammen put it well in a recent New York Times op-ed: “Ebola is more inimical to humans than perhaps any known virus on Earth, except rabies and HIV-1. And it does its damage much faster than either.” Vox