The World Health Organization (WHO) recently reported the lowest weekly total of new cases for Ebola epidemic in West Africa this year, a huge improvement from their previous data.
However, the organisation warned the public not to be too complacent until all infections from the ‘highly contagious’ virus have been eliminated.
May 6 this year, the WHO recorded 18 confirmed Ebola cases in West Africa 9 from Sierra Leone and the other 9 at Guinea for the week. The Ebola epidemic started more than a year ago and has a total recorded 11,005 deaths as of May 6.
Now why is this number concerning? Because as mothers, our family’s health and well-being is a top priority. Anything that goes against that even pandemics and epidemics we make it our job to know.
Epidemics are infectious diseases that spread rapidly to too many people in a particular community or country. An example of that is the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). The epidemic has a death toll of 800 deaths.
A Pandemic, on the other hand, is a widespread, global disease outbreak. A well-known example of that is the HIV/AIDS, considered as one of the most devastating pandemic worldwide which we are still fighting against.