This Monday 13, Eva Jahanshir ’15 presented a new Focal Point discussion in the Upper School library on the current epidemic known as Ebola.
Eva was approached by Veronica Ledoux, one of the Upper School science teachers, and asked to lead the talk after she had shown interest in the Ebola virus and how other epidemics spread. Jahanshir agreed eagerly, and spent several hours researching Ebola and it’s effects before her presentation.
The Ebola Virus Disease is caused by the Ebola virus, and it can affect both humans and other animals. Symptoms include fever, sore throat, muscle pain, vomiting and rashes.
So far one person has died from the disease in America and scientists worry that more may catch the virus. In recent days an American nurse who worked with a recently ill patient was diagnosed as well. Doctors quickly quarantined her, but worry that she may have infected others she had previously been in contact with. Her family has been checked and so far no one has been found with symptoms.
Jananshir commented on Catlin’s discussion saying, “It went really well! I really enjoyed how many people talked and brought up good points that I had not thought about.”