THE NAMELESS VICTIMS OF THE FAMOUS VIRUS
“Most Americans know nothing about the African forest, and it seems to them a very scary, spooky dangerous place. I’ve spent a lot of times in the forests of central Africa. I know they are beautiful places that contain a lot of different kind of creatures, including some that carry Ebola.”
In the eyes of science, the virus of Ebola is almost a perfection. Under the special light of electron microscope, the deadliest virus nowadays appears to be tiny worm that crawls into our world and eats us alive. It is definitely one of the smallest infectious agents that exist but still capable to kill the thousands and as one of the virologist wrote:“80 nanometers in width to about 1000 nanometers in length. To put this in perspective, one red blood cell has the diameter of 10 000 nanometers.” The invisible rider of Epidemic Apocalypse has been, from its beginning, the scariest microbe and the silent killer that has never discovered too much from itself. The dark and dangerous beauty and one of the greatest challenges for the microbiology.
Nobody is like Richard Preston and his courageous team of scientists that has tried to defeat Ebola in the thriller based on the true story “The Hot Zone” in 1994. The mankind has been informed for the first time really about the destruction capacity of this filovirus which was named as a molecular shark in Preston notes:“We don’t really know what Ebola has done in the past, and we don’t know what it might do in the future.” The people can only guess, predict and hope it will not turn to the worst scenario ever. But, the mankind has faced the Ebola and has already paid for its parasite way of thinking and its unstoppable terror against the nature. Ebola has revenged for all and it still does and it will do in the following years, as long as the magical laboratory does not find a clue to kill the virus that multiplies itself faster than any other.
We all know what is Ebola able to do and how it does that. In one moment of time, the particle of virus is in the blood, the person is infected but still unaware of it and that is how the virus is transmitted in the short period when the organism is fighting the last battle. Everything about viruses is fascinating and about Ebola virus is even more fascinating and amazing. I can’t say I am afraid more than I am impressed and vice versa. Just knowing that the viruses are the only invisible creatures that can switch off and go dead while they are waiting for a right host, make me think about them like about the special exterrestrial species. This fantastic mechanism of survival has been applied on Ebola virus with utter perfection and sank us into the universe without any moral prejudices, with an ultimate fight for existence.
After the horrible 2014 and Ebola’s wild journey from the heart of Africa into the USA and Europe, the global health has been endangered as one simple white mouse in the experiment for the purpose of medicaments. The fear from pandemic wind was everywhere and the friends and enemies have worked together to stop the monster and send it back into the rain forests from where we brought it out. So many people died in the worst suffering, merging into the cream of internal organs. Some have survived but their souls have been forever signed with Ebola virus and they have an unique retinal scar.The Big Mother has been sent back but not for a long time.
In May 2017, the news are reporting that The Democratic Republic of Congo is affected with new Ebola Outbreak. The positive cases of Ebola have been tracked and leaded directly to the Bas-Uele province that is located in the northeast of DRC, just on the border of Central African Republic and not far away from South Sudan. Those 400 potential Ebola carriers have been suspected and confirmed that Congo has big risk that must be nationally addressed. The problem with Africa is lack of medical equipment, skilled experts and infrastructure that would make the approach and response on the crisis easier. The civil conflicts and civil unrest that hit this country and many in Africa just give advantage to the possibilities of virus to become a real and dangerous outbreak. In this situation, the use of non-licensed vaccine rVSV-ZEBOV, developed by pharmaceutical master Merck, could probably help the logistic efforts on the ground. The scientists claim that the drug is 100% effective against one of the five strains of the Ebola virus which would mean it will paralyze the demolition attributes of virus with compelling results. The vaccine Gam-Evak-Kombi has been generated by Russian researchers and it also could be a candidate for an African savior. So many candidates and solutions and still people are dying because the protocols must be followed and the medical strategies and standards must be fulfilled before the drug is considered as effective or more toxic as virus itself.
The hot issue about Africa being a target of Ebola virus renaissance now and then is simply linked to the facts that people over there are not educated about the respect for the rain forests and its own borders. They go deep in the rain forests, they hunt and eat bushmeat and they bring virus back. Everything starts with the patient zero and then comes the chain of bloody transmission. The animals that are natural reservoirs of Ebola virus as sometimes those that have been hunted by locals and have been eaten without any sanitary procedure. The viruses don’t search for us to kill us. We search for them to kill us because we are already killing the Earth. If someone believes that viruses just jump from one species to another with the purpose to clean the surface and cause the epidemics, it must be demystified. There must be a lot of certain conditions for a virus to cause the epidemics and start the molecular massacre. It takes many years, even centuries before the components of virus are able to be driven as killing pandemic machine.
The Ebola virus is active in Sierra Leone, Angola and Liberia too. The virus could be found anywhere and could be carried by anyone. However, the virus is choosing and picking, terrorizing, killing or giving a new life. The dead body is a 5 time more contagious than a living one because the viruses are in rush to find a new home. But, some homes they treat with respect and do not ruin them. That is a phenomenon of an Ebola survivor. The mystery for science, the blessing for those whose genetic alphabet has confused the Ebola virus strains.
This virus is not some cheap monster from the first corner, this is an elegant and beautiful murderer that has blurred our perception of our own weakness and vulnerability. The all bad things what we do to the Earth and animals, Ebola virus is doing to us. For the organic horror of this volume, some microbes need months or years. Ebola virus needs just a few days and then it is moved to another one. Even if you survive the health breakdown, you will never be the same. Just like the world we are in, the world before and after Ebola.