ATTENTION GRABBER: Imagine being isolated from your own family and feeling unsure as to whether or not you will ever see them again. They do not want to come anywhere near you, for you are a threat to their health. The only visitors who come with in 10 feet of you are strangers in full on protective gear. They do not want to expose the slightest bit of skin to you and you can not see anything besides their eyes. The world fears what you are and no one wants to come close to you. You know death is near, and you are all alone.
TOPIC: Today I will tell you about the rare and deadly virus called Ebola.
PREVIEW: First, I will give you information about the virus itself. Secondly, I will talk about why Americans have every right to live in fear, and finally I will tell you how to prevent the spread of this deadly disease.
**1st Transition**Now that I have outlined my discussion, lets discuss how Ebola was discovered.
FIRST POINT: Ebola first appeared in Central Africa in 1976. In this first outbreak, 280 of 318 people who contracted Ebola, died. That's an 88% fatality rate. Ebola researchers believe that the natural host of Ebola are fruit bats, and the virus is first transmitted to non-human primates and then to humans through bush meat trade. It is also possible that there is direct transmission from the bats to humans. The virus causes white blood cells to rupture and prevent blood from clotting. Early symptoms are flu-like, but in the final stages of the disease, patient's eyes turn red, body parts swell, and sufferers appear to be bruised all over from internal bleeding. Sufferers also bleed from all orifices. The virus is spread through transmission of bodily fluids like vomit, saliva and urine. In 1994, Richard Preston, the New Yorker contributor who has written a number of books on infectious disease, commented, “Ebola does in 10 days what it takes AIDS 10 years to accomplish.”
**2nd Transition**Now that we...
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