What diseases are most common in Africa?
With malnutrition as a common contributor, the five biggest infectious killers in Africa are acute respiratory infections, HIV/AIDS, diarrhea, malaria and tuberculosis, responsible for nearly 80% of the total infectious disease burden and claiming more than 6 million people per year.
What virus is common in Africa?
Rift Valley fever, rabies, West Nile, chikungunya, dengue, yellow fever, Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever, Ebola, and influenza viruses among many other viruses have been reported from different African countries.
What three diseases were common in Africa?
These diseases include: measles, TB and smallpox from cattle, related to cowpox. Influenza and whooping cough from pigs and dogs. Falciprum malaria which kills most Africans today, crossed from chicken and ducks.
Who is most at risk for Ebola?
People most at risk are those who care for infected people, such as aid workers, or those who handle their blood or body fluid, such as hospital workers, laboratory workers and family members. For the latest on Ebola in Africa see the World Health Organization’s information on the Ebola virus.
When did Ebola start?
Ebola virus was first discovered in 1976 near the Ebola River in what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo. Since then, the virus has been infecting people from time to time, leading to outbreaks in several African countries.
Is Ebola still around?
On May 3, 2021, the DRC Ministry of Health and WHO declared the end of the Ebola outbreak in North Kivu Province. Visit the Ebola Outbreak section for information on past Ebola outbreaks.
How did Ebola get its name?
Ebola is named for the river in Africa where the disease was first recognized in 1976. The exact origin and natural host of Ebola virus are unknown. There are four kinds of Ebola virus: Ebola- Ivory Coast, Ebola-Reston, Ebola-Sudan, and Ebola-Zaire.