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Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever

Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever (or Ebola Virus Disease) is named for the Ebola River in the Republic of the Congo, where it first appeared. It is a deadly disease that infects primates, such as monkeys and gorillas, as well as humans. As many as 90% of infected patients die. It is spread by blood and other body fluids and the infection can go from human to human or from animals to humans. At this time, there is no cure.

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How many people die of Ebola per year?

According to the World Health Organization, there have been about 1,200 deaths since the virus was identified in 1976 until their report in 2008. That works out to about 37.5 deaths per year. ...
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What body system does Ebola hf affect?

Symptoms start two days to three weeks after contracting the virus, with a fever, sore throat, muscle pain, and headaches. Typically nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea follow, along with decreased functioning of the liver and kidneys. Around this time, affected people begin to bleed both within the body and externally. Prolonged cases are often complicated by the occurrence of long-term problems, such as inflammation of the testicles, joint pains, muscle pains, skin peeling, or hair loss. Eye symptoms, such as light sensitivity, excess tearing,...
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What animal carries Ebola virus?

Fruit bats were probably the animals that gave Ebola to humans. In the small village of Meliandou, in Guinea, stood a tall, hollowed-out tree where children loved to play. But thousands of bats lived in the tree, and one toddler, a 2-year-old named Emile Ouamouno, may have contracted Ebola from playing there. He died of Ebola and is considered patient zero (the first). ...
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When was the Ebola virus discovered?

The Ebola virus was first discovered in 1976 after outbreaks of the virus in Zaire and Sudan. The virus is named after one of the first places where there was an outbreak, along the Ebola River in the DRC. The host is believed to be fruit bats and monkeys and is then spread to humans who either handle or consume infected meat. Once in humans it is transfered via body fluids to others. It basically affects the internal organs of the infected...
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From what place did the Ebola virus get its name?

The Ebola virus got its name from the Ebola river in Africa, that runs through Zaire and the Congo. The Ebola River was formerly the Zaire River. The first outbreak to be properly recognized was in 1976 at a Mission Hospital located near the river. The full name of Ebola is Ebola hemorrhagic fever (EHF) ...
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What percent of people that get Ebola die?

between 50 and 90% it depends on what strain you want to know about. Zaire, Sudan, Reston (does not affect humans) or Tai ...
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What is Ebola's favorite protein food?

Eola has no favorite protein food. It doesn't use food as it is not alive. ...
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What is Ebola?

The Ebola hemorrhagic fever (BHF) or Ebola virus is a virus that causes hemorrhaging that can't be stopped in the countries it came from. It only passes through bodily fluids. Those also include blood, sweat, breast milk, mucus, vomit, feces, urine, semen, vaginal fluids, and saliva. Not unless the person had symptoms and you had direct contact with their bodily fluids. You can ...
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How many people get Ebola per year?

The number of people who get Ebola varies from just a few until this latest outbreak. There were around 4,000 at that time. ...
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Is Ebola communicable or non-communicable?

Ebola is a disease you can catch, so it is communicable.
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What is Ebola's portal of entry in a human?

The Ebola virus is transmitted through bodily fluids. It is also suspected that the virus can enter the human body through contact with the whites of the eyes or the mouth. Under laboratory conditions, Ebola has also been transmitted through the air, but this does not happen in nature. ...
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How is Ebola spread?

Ebola van be spread by direct contact with the infected person, needles, body fluids and contact with an object ...
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What are facts about ebola?

The spread of Ebola occurs through direct contact with an infected person. The fact that I find most intriguing is that we don't know where Ebola lives when it's not in epidemiological break-out. We have no real idea where it hides. What I think is the coolest thing is that the virus reacts with your platelets and it makes a chemical that just randomly punches holes in the capillaries and blood vessels. Because of that, it can make you hemorrhage blood from your...
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What are the odds of surviving Ebola Zaire?

Some outbreaks had a 10% survival rate, but typically more recent survival rates have been closer to 17%. ...
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What are the symptoms of the Ebola Virus?

Ebola begins with a headache, back and neck ache. It proceeds to bloody vomit, and diarrhea, and bleeding gums and nose. Rashes, hiccups (odd symptom) Bruising (due to internal bleeding) forms on the skin and also redness of the eyes form. In pregnant women, miscarriage and heavy vaginal bleeding are common Ebola symptoms. Followed by Extensive internal and External bleeding, Jaundice, shock and Death Death usually occurs during the second week of Ebola symptoms. Death in Ebola victims is usually from massive blood loss. Between...
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Is the Ebola virus more common in males than females?

The Ebola virus affect men and women the same but because women in Africa care for their sick relatives they are more likely to get it. They also wash and handle the bodies before burial. Those are customs that the people have. ...
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Is Ebola the deadliest virus?

While Ebola is a level IV containment virus, and HIV/AIDS is a level II, this doesn't indicate which is more dangerous overall to a population; it only shows how easily the disease transmits, and the required procedures to prevent transmission. When considering epidemiology, it's critically important not to get carried away with lurid details about a given pathogen, and focus on the overall picture. While Ebola certainly is dramatic, and the entertainment industry has made a lot of money with it, the...
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Where can you get Ebola from?

Ebola normally start with someone eating an infected animal; in nature the virus has been found to live in some small jungle animals such as bats and monkeys. These animals are carriers and are not affected by the virus. In some rural areas people eat "bush meat", basically animals caught in the wild, prepared and then eaten. By eating the contaminated (possibly under prepared) meat the virus is then spread to a human host where it propagates. Infected humans can spread the disease...
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How the US government handled the Ebola virus?

When the Ebola virus was on the verge of an outbreak in washington, the US government sent the United States Army Medical Research of Infecsious Diseases to contain it. The book "The Hot Zone" By Richard Preston describes this very well. ...
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What part of the body does Ebola affect?

Ebola affects the blood vessels of the body. Since they carry blood to every organ and cell, every part of the body is damaged. ...
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Does Ebola go through the lysogenic life cycle or lytic life cycle?

It is lysogenic. After it copies itself throughout the entire body, it turns lytic and attacks one's tissue, etc. ...
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Why can monkeys get Ebola?

There are about five strains of Ebola. Four infect monkeys and the fifth is found in fruit bats and now has infected humans. The monkeys can get Ebola like they can get many viral diseases and that is because there are proteins on the surface of the cells of the monkeys that the virus can attach to. ...
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What happened with the Ebola outbreak?

There have been no further outbreaks as of 03/2015. More may happen but it not known when. ...
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Where geographically is the greatest frequency of Ebola outbreaks?

The countries of Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, have reported 6,553 cases of Ebola as of September 26, 2014, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). An additional 21 cases were reported in the countries of Nigeria and Senegal, the WHO reports, as well as 70 cases in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. ...