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The First family of the Ebola Outbreak

The father of the first known Ebola causakities viewing photos of his deceased son, daugther, and pregnant wife.







In a very in-depth investigation on the origin of the current Ebola plague, BBC Africa reports that the Ebola outbreak began in the remote Guinean village of Meliandou.  A two-year boy named Emile became febrile with diarrhea. He would later die, followed by Philomene his sister and their mother Sia.  Sia was also pregnant.  Their demise would be followed by an additional 6000 deaths and over 15,000 people currently infected with Ebola according to the CDC.
 
     The BBC also pointed out key factors that enabled Ebola to "fester" before raging out of control.  Located two hours from the  nearest city, the village of Meliandou, is somewhat isolated. The village resides in Gueckedou province of Guinea. This area is known for its forestation, towering reeds and oil palm cultivations. All of these environmental assets make the area attractive to fruit bats.  While the fruit bats are a delicacy in West Africa, bat soup, they are also considered to be vectors for the Ebola Virus Disease(EVD)


 
        Fruit Bats of West Africa  



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