By Jacob Flatley, Sports Editor

If you turn on any news station, radio station, pick up a newspaper or look at any other form of media, you have probably came across the disease called Ebola. It has been a very big topic in the news the last month and is quickly picking up steam as the virus has been in the United States recently.

Just last week there was a report that struck close to home for some of us. Amber Vinson, a Dallas nurse with Ebola, recently was in Northeast Ohio before flying to Dallas where she reported symptoms of Ebola hours after the flight. The week before her flight, she was staying in the Akron/Kent area with family.

This caused a big stir in the area and people are still worried. A deadly disease that started in West Africa has come in contact with people a little more than 100 miles from campus here.

What is Ebola you may ask? According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Ebola is a rare and deadly disease caused by infection with one of the Ebola virus strains. Ebola was first discovered in 1976 near the Ebola River in what is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The virus causes bleeding inside and outside of the body. As the virus spreads through the body, it damages the immune system and organs. Ultimately, it causes levels of blood-clotting cells to drop. This leads to severe, uncontrollable bleeding. The disease, also known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever or Ebola virus, kills up to 90% of people who are infected.

Ebola isn’t as contagious as more common viruses like colds, influenza, or measles. It spreads to people by contact with the skin or bodily fluids of an infected animal, like a monkey, chimp, or fruit bat. Then it moves from person to person the same way. Those who care for a sick person or bury someone who has died from the disease often get it. Other ways to get Ebola include touching contaminated needles or surfaces .You can’t get Ebola from air, water, or food. A person who has Ebola but has no symptoms can’t spread the disease, either, according to Web MD.

 This is in fact the deadliest outbreak of Ebola virus on record. The outbreak began with just a handful of cases in Guinea in March. Since then, that number has grown to 909 confirmed cases and another 414 probable or suspected in that country, Sierra Leone and Liberia and Nigeria, according to the World Health Organization.

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