EBOLA PREPPER

TROUBLE HAS ALWAYS BEEN BREWING.  ITS NOTHING NEW.  AS WE CARRY ON WITH OUR LIVES, WE SENSE THAT WE MAY BE MISSING THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE READY FOR WHATEVER COMES.

You have found your way here because you realize that waiting any longer to prepare yourself and your family could be catastrophic.
photo of an Ebola Researcher wearing a hazmat suit
EBOLA PREPPER IS A DIFFERENT TAKE ON STANDARD PREPPING, with more of an emphasis on protection from exposure to the deadly virus, for which there is no known cure or inoculation.  Below you will find information on the Ebola Virus, both scientific and practical, and news on the current outbreak.  Arm yourself with that first and then add the survival skills and equipment which will be useful if the current outbreak becomes the worst of all possible outcomes.   NOW IS YOUR CHANCE.

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WHY EBOLA PREPPER?

Facts About Ebola - CDC

This deadly virus is no longer wrecking havoc an ocean away, but has come to our cities and towns.  We have every hope that the governing authorities and medical community are up to the challenge of containing the spread of this deadly disease.  No doubt the tireless work of those in the medical science community will result in effective treatments, possible cures and ultimately a vaccine.  In the absence of this certainty, many concerned and cautious citizens are doing what they can to be ready to face whatever comes our way.  Whether it may be necessary to wear certain kinds of protective gear when out in public, or a more restrictive outcome where one must either shelter in place or seek a safer location to survive through a somewhat chaotic period, “being prepared” is a motto that many of us take seriously.   EBOLAPREPPER.COM attempts to offer helpful information and the tools a person or family would need in a variety of emergency situations.  Being focused on a specific medical threat, and geared towards urban, suburban and rural settings, EBOLA PREPPER is unlike other PREPPER web sites.  Many of the tools you will see discussed here will be useful in a variety of situations, and belong in every home safety kit.

UNDERSTANDING THE EBOLA VIRUS

Image showing the Ebola Cycle as the Disease passes between Humans, Primates and Bats

Where does Ebola come from?  The Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) also known as Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever (EHF) was first identified in 1976 in the tropical regions of sub-Sahara Africa.  It effects both humans and primates, mammals in the various genetic families including monkeys, chimpanzees and gorillas.  The disease can be passed between species, even via a host species that does not get the Ebola infection, but in turn passes it to those who are vulnerable.   Fruit bats are often sited as carriers, but both dogs and pigs can carry the virus, though dogs do not exhibit symptoms.  The consumption of “bush meat”, a term which covers a wide variety of animals found in the jungle, can also be the source of the virus if not properly cooked.

Once human to human transmission occurs, the virus spreads via direct contact with the blood, vomit, and other bodily fluids of the infected person or animal after symptoms have developed.  It can take from two days to three weeks for symptoms to appear, which include diarrhea, vomiting, rash, internal and external bleeding, reduced kidney and liver functions and eventually significant fluid loss which often results in death.  It is the cells that line the bloodstream that seem to be the initial target of the Ebola Virus.  Even one’s own white blood cells can carry the virus accelerating the proliferation of the disease inside the body.

Prior outbreaks have occurred in remote regions of Africa.  In the absence of understanding and training on how to follow simple hygienic precautions and procedures, such as isolating infected patients and washing hands after treating patients, has caused outbreaks to spread into an epidemics. Frequently there is a lack of proper protective equipment for caregivers and reuse of medical supplies such as needles.  Primitive sanitary conditions and the incorrect disposal of contaminated items also contributes to both the spread of the virus and the high mortality rate.

There is no known cure or inoculation against Ebola.  Certain experimental drugs are under development in the US, Canada, and around the world.  It is hoped that they will be ready sometime in 2015, but testing for safety and effectiveness does take time.  Current mortality rates range from 25% to 90%, and average 50% with death occurring between six to sixteen days from the onset of symptoms.

Chart of Ebola Symptoms

In the most recent Ebola outbreak, caregivers have had some success in treating infected patients by keeping them hydrated and addressing their symptoms with appropriate medications.

Experts have identified over 300 mutations of the virus, raising concern in the medical community that even survivors may be prone to re-infection by a mutated form of the virus, and different from the one that originally infected them.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have a section of their website devoted to the Ebola Virus, with suggestions on travel and appropriate measures to be taken by healthcare workers.  You can view the CDC page by clicking here.  The CDC also has a special section with bulletins and news on the latest outbreak, click here to view.

The CDC has also produced two other useful graphics (shown above), one illustrates the common symptoms of Ebola, the other clarifies their position on how the Ebola Virus is transmitted with cautionary notes.

With the current concerns over how best to screen individuals traveling from areas where the Ebola outbreak remains at epidemic proportions, and an ongoing debate over both the necessity and individual rights when it comes to quarantines for those possibly exposed to the deadly virus, the time is NOW to begin planning your own Ebola Preparedness Strategy.

DONT PANIC, PREPARE!