Half of those children die within 12 months of losing their sight.
Ebola spreads through direct contact with infected bodily fluids or tissue.
Even after a person has died, the virus persists.
At the time of death, a patient can have one billion copies of the virus in one cubic centimeter of blood. In comparison, HIV, a similar virus, has the same rate at the time of death. But unlike HIV, which only infects two types of immune cells, Ebola first infects white blood cells that disable the body’s ability to destroy foreign substances, then seizes nearly every cell type.
In 1972, the New York Times reported that more than 3,000 people in the U.S. choked to death that year.
Enter: Dr. Henry J. Heimlich, whose “Pop Goes the Café Coronary” — an essay published in June 1974 — detailed what became known as “the Heimlich Maneuver.”
We’re not talking about your appendix.
We’re referring to microbes — a good bacteria that boosts your immunity, protects you from infection and produces the enzymes you need to digest your food.
But due to the overuse of antibiotics, C-sections and modern sanitation, humans in the U.S. have lost a third of their microbial diversity, mostly on their skin and in their stomachs and digestive tracts.
"Someone is dying aline in the night.
The hospital hums like a consciousness.”