Another Gimmeaflakman Japanese News Lesson – Ebola Virus

Here is another Japanese news lesson by YouTuber “Gimmeaflakeman” about the confirmation of the first Ebola case in America.

I first became aware of the Ebola virus around 1995 when a book by the name of “The Hot Zone” came out that talked about the first appearance of the Ebola virus in Africa. Now I need to find my copy and re-read it. It is one of the few books I can say is on my favorites list (along with Hell in the Land of the Morning Calm).


Researchers believe it originated in the country of Zaire (present day Democratic Republic of the Congo), and was transmitted to humans by contact with the infected bodily fluids of a mammal such as a bat or monkey. Ebola is a tough way to go because you basically start bleeding out of every pore and orifice of your body. This can be seen in the characters for the Ebola virus in Japanese

エボラ出血熱 (ebora shukketsunetsu) = Ebola (virus) hemorrhagic fever

エボラ: Ebola
出る (shutsu, deru): to leave, to come out
(ketsu, chi): blood
血する (shukkestsu suru): to bleed
(netsu): fever

The apocalyptic concern is that the virus mutates and becomes transmissible through the air like the flu.  That would be a scary situation.

I had a previous post on Japanese news and the current Dengue fever outbreak in and around Tokyo, and some of the same terms used in that article are used  in the Ebola article. That’s the good thing about using news to study. If the subject matter is the same, you will see the same words being used. A couple of the words that were similar are

感染者 (kansensha): infected person
確認 (kakunin): to confirm
(netsu): fever


world health

Here is information from the World Health Organization (WHO) about the Ebola virus

The Ebola virus causes an acute, serious illness which is often fatal if untreated. Ebola virus disease (EVD) first appeared in 1976 in 2 simultaneous outbreaks, one in Nzara, Sudan, and the other in Yambuku, Democratic Republic of Congo. The latter occurred in a village near the Ebola River, from which the disease takes its name.

The current outbreak in west Africa, (first cases notified in March 2014), is the largest and most complex Ebola outbreak since the Ebola virus was first discovered in 1976. There have been more cases and deaths in this outbreak than all others combined.”

It is thought that fruit bats of the Pteropodidae family are natural Ebola virus hosts. Ebola is introduced into the human population through close contact with the blood, secretions, organs or other bodily fluids of infected animals such as chimpanzees, gorillas, fruit bats, monkeys, forest antelope and porcupines found ill or dead or in the rainforest.

Ebola then spreads through human-to-human transmission via direct contact (through broken skin or mucous membranes) with the blood, secretions, organs or other bodily fluids of infected people, and with surfaces and materials (e.g. bedding, clothing) contaminated with these fluids.”

We’ll have to wait and see what develops over the coming days and weeks here in America as well as new cases being reported in other parts of the world



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