Pictures of Ebola
Pictures of Ebola: No. 4
This is another transmission electron micrograph of the Ebola virus.
The Ebola virus is spread through direct contact with an infected person or his or her body fluids (such as blood or secretions). In most cases, transmission occurs during the late stages of an infection.
Pictures of Ebola: No. 5
This picture shows a healthcare worker's materials used in the treatment of Ebola patients at a Yambuku hospital in 1976.
Pictures of Ebola: No. 6
This picture of Ebola patients was taken in a Sudanese hospital during the country's 1976 outbreak. In 1976, Dr. Joe McCormick and Dr. Roy Baron, along with a number of other investigators, were sent to Nzara to investigate the region's outbreak.
Early cases of Ebola hemorrhagic fever showed that the virus began in the Nzara Cotton Manufacturing Factory. From there, it spread through the town of Nzara, and then went east to the town of Maridi. The virus infected 284 people in Sudan, with 117 deaths.
The effects of Ebola can be devastating. There is no Ebola cure. Once a person develops an infection, he or she may have up to a 90 percent chance of dying from the illness.
There is no Ebola vaccine at this time. Thus, prevention focuses on avoiding direct contact with body fluids of those infected with the virus, as well as contact with the bodies of deceased victims.
In a hospital setting, one method of preventing transmission of Ebola involves the use of barrier techniques. These include:
- Isolating people with Ebola from contact with unprotected people
- Using infection-control measures, including complete sterilization of equipment
- Wearing protective clothing, such as:
Pictures of Ebola: No. 7
Del Conn, a man who is suspected to have Ebola, is shown here lying down within an isolation unit in the Johannesburg Fever Hospital. Here you see Dr. Ruben Sher dressed in protective garments while was tending to the ill patient. This picture was taken in 1976 during an Ebola outbreak.