Ebola discriminates based on age



Scientists have discovered that the Ebola virus will claim more people over the age of 45 than those who are younger. This is a conclusion they drew from the Ebola statistics collected over the past few months in West Africa. The dreaded virus has been termed by the United Nations as a threat to security and peace in the world. The recent epidemic in 2014 has claimed the lives of close to 5,000 people. The worst hit counties are Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. 



A study carried out in Sierra Leone has presented a clearer picture of how the virus affects its victims. Since it was discovered in the North Eastern region of Zaire back in the mid 70s, the dreadful virus has been shown to be really hard to keep track of. This was till December 2013 when a two-year-old died in Guinea from the virus. This incident sparked the largest epidemic in the history of the disease.
Before 2014, there had been no more than 1,500 deaths over a period of 37 years and about 25 outbreaks. To make matters worse, there was very little information about the virus compared to other deadly viruses. Data was drawn from informal notes by doctors who charted vague recollections of how the virus affected its patients. 

From the research, it was discovered that patients under the age of 21 had a death rate of 57% which is still pretty high due to the numerous mysteries surrounding the virus. However, for those over the age of 45 the fatality rate skyrocketed dramatically to a stellar 94%. It has been suggested that this could be thanks to the advantage of youth but more research is to be done.

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