"A man's spirit sustains him in sickness, but a crushed
spirit who can hear?"
West Africa the powerful infectious Ebola virus is spreading, causing global
panic. America's first patient, Eric Duncan had died. The 48 people who had
contacted with him are being closely monitored for 21 days incubation period,
some of them are medical personnel. When Mr. Duncan was in Liberia, he took
care of his friend with Ebola and then later entered the United States. The
complexity of this started from the first time he went to the hospital, then back
home, then three days later he went back again, and then was diagnosed with
Ebola and quarantined.
The Ebola virus
was first discovered in 1976, by investigators discovered that virus from
monkeys and bats had infected humans in Zaire (Republic of Congo) along the
Ebola River. There were four outbreaks in the past; the symptoms are: vomiting,
fever, diarrhea, internal bleeding, which leads to organ failure and death. The
incubation period is 8-10 days after infection with the longest being 21
days. In the past the mortality rate was 53% to 88%. This fifth round
mortality rate is more than 90%. The real source of the virus is not clear,
and there is no medical cure, currently there are only a few experimental
Since the 80’s, the
AIDS epidemic lasted three decades which has caused thirty three million
deaths globally. Recent studies have shown that the AIDS virus and Ebola
virus come from the same source. In sub-Saharan Africa countries,
approximately one person in twenty adults has AIDS. The Ebola virus is more
easily transmitted than HIV and has a higher mortality rate. If the disease
progresses similar to AIDS then the result would be unfathomable.
remind us: Firstly, that we are living in a dangerous and cursed world. People
need to be cautious and keep the body and spirit clean, not only to prevent
from infectious diseases, but also from evil. Secondly, we need to cooperate
and help each other to bravely fight the virus and be compassionate on those
who are sick. Imagine, if Ebola has infected the people around you, what
would you do?
Of course, all suffering
and trials have one goal in bringing us to rely on God. The body is the temporary
residence of the spirit, pay attention to your health, while also focusing on
your spiritual health.