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These countries located in Western Africa are underdeveloped countries with very little access to primary health care professionals; therefore these supportive treatments are not readily accessible despite global involvement and support. Additionally, attrition in these countries is another major issue, alongside almost non-existent public health measures (to help prevent the spread of the virus). Implementing all these factors to reduce the spread of the virus would contribute significantly to the reduction of infection and mortality rates associated with this virus. Another contributing factor is the lack of public education in these areas in regards to the Ebola virus and around the world in general. What may also be contributing to the mortality rates is the presence of other infections, such as HIV. The World Health Organisation predicts that 2.1 million individuals were newly infected with HIV in the year of 2013, with the disease being more prevalent in low- and middleincome countries. So if an individual already has this infection, chances are their immune system is already deficient, therefore increasing the likelihood of these individuals contracting and dying from the Ebola infection. Another aspect that should also be mentioned is that this is not the first Ebola outbreak to occur; there had been two simultaneous outbreaks previously in 1976. One in Nzara, Sudan, and the other in Yambuku, Democratic Republic of Congo. The latter occurred in a village near the Ebola River, from which the disease takes its name. What this means is that the virus can be controlled through measures mentioned previously to the point where perhaps it could be eradicated and this is certainly the goal going into the future. OCT 2015

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