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What is Ebola?

As seen in The Hot Zone, Ebola is a deadly virus transmitted by animals and humans. Researchers named the disease after the Ebola River. Until recently, Ebola appeared in Africa only. The five known strains of Ebola are:

  • Bundibugyo
  • Reston
  • Sudan
  • Taï Forest (previously known as Ivory Coast)
  • Zaire

To get the virus you must have direct contact with the bodily fluids of someone who has it.

Four of the strains cause severe illness in humans and animals. Reston virus causes illness in some animals, but not in humans.

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Death rates reach 90% in many outbreaks. However, fatality has been as low as 25% when patients have access to modern medicine.

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