Ebola, Everything About Ebola Virus

1] DEFINITION: Ebola virus, an infectious and generally fatal disease marked by fever and severe internal bleeding, spread through contact with infected body fluids by a filovirus (Ebola virus), whose normal host species is unknown. Source: Dictionary

2] KEY FACTS: Ebola Virus, Fact Sheet No.103 Read More at: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs103/en/
  • Ebola virus disease (EVD), formerly known as Ebola haemorrhagic fever, is a severe, often fatal illness in humans.
  • The virus is transmitted to people from wild animals and spreads in the human population through human-to-human transmission.
  • The average EVD case fatality rate is around 50%. Case fatality rates have varied from 25% to 90% in past outbreaks.
  • The first EVD outbreaks occurred in remote villages in Central Africa, near tropical rainforests, but the most recent outbreak in west Africa has involved major urban as well as rural areas.
  • Community engagement is key to successfully controlling outbreaks. Good outbreak control relies on applying a package of interventions, namely case management, surveillance and contact tracing, a good laboratory service, safe burials and social mobilisation. Read More ...

Ebola virus disease (EVD; also Ebola hemorrhagic fever, or EHF), or simply Ebola, is a disease of humans and other primates caused by ebolaviruses. Signs and symptoms typically start between two days and three weeks after contracting the virus as a fever, sore throat, muscle pain, and headaches. Then, vomiting, diarrhea and rash usually follow, along with decreased function of the liver and kidneys. At this time some people begin to bleed both internally and externally.[1] The disease has a high risk of death, killing between 25 percent and 90 percent of those infected with the virus, averaging out at 50 percent.[1] This is often due to low blood pressure from fluid loss, and typically follows six to sixteen days after symptoms appear.[2] Read More ...

4] QUESTIONS and ANSWERS on Ebola Virus

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • How do I protect myself against Ebola?
  • Has the first patient to become sick in this outbreak, know as “patient zero” been identified?
  • I am a U.S. resident experiencing some flu-like symptoms (e.g. fever, headache, muscle aches). How do I know if I have seasonal influenza or Ebola?
  • What is CDC doing in the U.S. about the outbreak in West Africa?
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  • Government of Candada: http://healthycanadians.gc.ca/diseases-conditions-maladies-affections/disease-maladie/ebola/index-eng.php
  • Healthline: http://www.healthline.com/health/ebola-hemorrhagic-fever#Causes2
  • MedicineNet: http://www.medicinenet.com/ebola_hemorrhagic_fever_ebola_hf/article.htm
  • WebMD: http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/ebola-fever-virus-infection

Hell in the Hot Zone, Why a Massive International Effort has Failed to Contain the Ebola Epidimic | Vanity Fair

As the Ebola epidemic rages, two questions have emerged: How did the deadly virus escape detection for three months? And why has a massive international effort failed to contain it? Traveling to Meliandou, a remote Guinean village and the likely home of Patient Zero, Jeffrey E. Stern tracks the virus’s path—and the psychological contagion that is still feeding the worst Ebola outbreak in history. Read More ...

What We’re Afraid to Say About Ebola | The New York Times

The first possibility is that the Ebola virus spreads from West Africa to megacities in other regions of the developing world. This outbreak is very different from the 19 that have occurred in Africa over the past 40 years. It is much easier to control Ebola infections in isolated villages. But there has been a 300 percent increase in Africa’s population over the last four decades, much of it in large city slums. What happens when an infected person yet to become ill travels by plane to Lagos, Nairobi, Kinshasa or Mogadishu — or even Karachi, Jakarta, Mexico City or Dhaka? Read More ...

My journey back to Ebola ground zero | The Financial Times

I am spending two weeks in the country to celebrate my 65th birthday and to thank the people who played such an important role in two defining experiences of my life: investigating the first known outbreak of Ebola haemorrhagic fever in 1976 and uncovering a significant heterosexual epidemic of HIV/Aids in 1983. I am here with an American film crew making a documentary on epidemics, along with my wife Heidi, an anthropologist, and my friends Jean-Jacques Muyembe, director of the DRC’s National Institute for Biomedical Research, Eugene Nzila, a pioneer of Projet Sida (Africa’s first big Aids research project, founded in 1984) and Annie Rimoin, an epidemiologist from UCLA. Read More ...


Ebola: A Global Outbreak | Video
Could ebola really become a global epidemic, or is it a matter of sensationalism and manipulative journalism? Watch More ...

Ebola - What You're Not Being Told | YOUTUBE VIDEO

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