Meanwhile, the original Ebola Word List and YouTube clip are here for you to look at.
Good morning. Welcome to Vocab Voyage for today. You can always tell when it's a nice
sunny day in winter here because I look like a ghost because the sun's very bright off the
Ebola today. Ebola - one year on, 21000 people infected, 8000 people dead. At it's peak
there were hundreds of new cases a week. We haven't heard about it so much in the news. Has it disappeared? No it hasn't. It's still there. Last week in Liberia, eight new cases; in
Guinea there were 20 new cases: in Sierra Leone there were 100 new cases. But they are
getting on top of things. They're getting on top of things through the way they said they
would get on top of things from the beginning. The three methods: isolate - isolate sick
people so they can't pass the disease on. Burying people properly. Bury people properly
rather than letting the local people wash the bodies at home, as per their culture. And third, as always - information, information, information. They got the information out there and so
the people know. (Siri is starting up in the background).
GlaxoKlineSmtih - I'd like to say 'the nice people' but it's all about money for them - they
have come up with a vaccine. It's being trialed in England. It's got to be trialed down in West Africa, and then maybe it's all go for a vaccine. If you've already got Ebola a vaccine isn't
going to help you. Then you are going to need antiviral drugs. They have also come up with antiviral drugs. So they're getting on top of it. But it is not over yet by a long shot. Still need
heroic people down there to help save the sick people. This link, there's a little picture show
at the bottom - and it's quite nice - about where Ebola came from.
Next story - Plague Inc. What is Plague Inc. Plague Inc is an online global pandemic game.
It's a game about stopping a pandemic like Ebola threatened to be - a disease which
spreads everywhere and kills lots of people. This online global pandemic game has raised
$76,000 for the fight against Ebola. The good thing about this game is that it connects with
people who wouldn't already be connected by the usual ways of trying to find charity money -Red Cross etc,etc. These guys have done well. They play their game and they donate
money. The link also says it educates people about the risks of Ebola. Any education is goodeducation, but that statement, I'm not sure what an otaku sitting on his computer playing a
game needs .... He's not going to be at any risk of Ebola, so it's not really hitting the people itneeds to with that information - but any education is good education.
Finally, as always, the chimpanzees and the gorillas are the losers. They are getting badly
affected by Ebola. I didn't know this. I bet you didn't know this. Since 1990, one third of the
chimp and gorilla population has been killed by Ebola. Did you know that? I knew you didn't. Now what has caused this. Deforestation. It so often comes back to people not treating the
Earth properly and the Earth coming back. Ebola - discovered in 1976. No real outbreaks
until the 1990s. That was very funnily about the time the huge deforestation efforts started inWest Africa. How huge? Let me tell you how huge. Guinea - 80% of their forests have been chopped down. Liberia - half. Sierra Leone - in a couple of years all their forests completely gone. Now, deep in these forests there are animals which have zoonotic disease. Now this isa new word for me - zoonotic disease. Disease which can be passed back and forth, from
humans to animals (and animals to humans). Humans went deep into the forest. They came into contact with these animals with zoonotic diseases - viola, Ebola epidemic.
Thank you very much. Have a nice day. Bye bye.