Ebola virus: What does the Bible say?

The Ebola virus outbreak takes into another turn as one of the nurses, who took care of victim Thomas Eric Duncan, in Dallas was tested positive on Wednesday.

Amber Joy Vinson, 29, was part of the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital that cared for Duncan starting on September 28, when Duncan was admitted and put into isolation. Earlier this week, Nina Pham, who works in the same hospital, was also diagnosed with the disease.

While the best health care system in the world scampers to contain the deadly Ebola virus, the Americans have felt the fear that the outbreak would even continue and intensify.

The fear heightens anew because Vinson took a flight this week from Ohio to Texas, an inadvisable trip that could spread the disease even more.

“Because at that point she was in a group of individuals known to have exposure to Ebola, she should not have traveled on a commercial airline,” Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, director of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Wednesday. “The C.D.C. guidance in this setting outlines the need for what is called ‘controlled movement.’ That can include a charter plane, that can include a car, but it does not include public transport.”

The Ebola Virus eventually captured the attention of the leaders of the nations around the world. While steps have been acted to insure that the disease would be stopped, the exponential transmission can outlast the effort to contain.

The death toll from the Ebola virus outbreak has risen to 4,447, with the large majority of victims in West Africa, the World Health Organization (WHO) says.
WHO assistant director-general Bruce Aylward also said there could be up to 10,000 new cases a week within two months if efforts were not stepped up.

While Ebola virus has no proven cure, millions of people look for answers and some resorted to the bible. What does the bible say about Ebola virus?

Franklin Graham said that Ebola Virus may be part of the bible end times prophecy predicting the end of the world.

What does the bible say?

“I looked, and there before me was a pale horse! Its rider was named Death, and Hades was following close behind him. They were given power over a fourth of the earth to kill by sword, famine and plague, and by the wild beasts of the earth.” Revelation 6:8 NIV

…and there shall be famines, and pestilences …
(Matthew 24:7)

The Ebola mortality rate is usually between 70% and 90%, but can be as low as 50%. With the death toll rising, the virus continues to be dangerous until the cure would be created.

It is clear in the bible that 1/4 of the earth’s population will be “killed by sword, famine and plague, and by the wild beasts of the earth.” Moreover, there shall be pestilences or diseases… befoe the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Here are Ebola Virus key facts from WHO

Ebola virus disease (EVD), formerly known as Ebola haemorrhagic fever, is a severe, often fatal illness in humans.

The virus is transmitted to people from wild animals and spreads in the human population through human-to-human transmission.
The average EVD case fatality rate is around 50%. Case fatality rates have varied from 25% to 90% in past outbreaks.

The first EVD outbreaks occurred in remote villages in Central Africa, near tropical rainforests, but the most recent outbreak in west Africa has involved major urban as well as rural areas.

Community engagement is key to successfully controlling outbreaks. Good outbreak control relies on applying a package of interventions, namely case management, surveillance and contact tracing, a good laboratory service, safe burials and social mobilisation.

Early supportive care with rehydration, symptomatic treatment improves survival. There is as yet no licensed treatment proven to neutralise the virus but a range of blood, immunological and drug therapies are under development.

There are currently no licensed Ebola vaccines but 2 potential candidates are undergoing evaluation.

Symptoms of Ebola virus disease

The incubation period, that is, the time interval from infection with the virus to onset of symptoms is 2 to 21 days. Humans are not infectious until they develop symptoms. First symptoms are the sudden onset of fever fatigue, muscle pain, headache and sore throat. This is followed by vomiting, diarrhoea, rash, symptoms of impaired kidney and liver function, and in some cases, both internal and external bleeding (e.g. oozing from the gums, blood in the stools). Laboratory findings include low white blood cell and platelet counts and elevated liver enzymes.

The bible is clear that there will be pestilences and diseases – Ebola virus disease might be one of these.

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