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Peace Corps Pulls Volunteers From West Africa Amid Ebola Virus Outbreak

The Ebola virus crisis in West Africa is so hard-hitting that humanitarian organizations like the Peace Corps announced Wednesday that they are pulling their volunteers out of Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea until further notice, according to a statement. The agency will, however, continue to keep tabs on the outbreak of the virus along with government agencies, such as the Centers for Disease Controland prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Department of State.

The virus, which typically begins two to three days after exposure, starts out with flu-like symptoms, such as fever, muscle pains, headaches, throat pain, then progresses to nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting. The liver and kidneys are then attacked by the virus, and at some point, victims begin to experience bleeding through their orifices.

The Ebola virus has no cure.  The mortality rate for the deadly virus is high, and currently, although there are efforts in place to try to find a cure, no vaccine or drugs have been developed to prevent it.

Thus far, some 650 people have died as a result of coming in contact with the virus, according to Doctors Without Borders, the organization that delivers emergency medical aid to those affected by epidemics, disasters or conflict.


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