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What exactly is Ebola virus?

Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) is a rare and deadly disease in people and nonhuman primates. The viruses that cause EVD are located mainly in sub-Saharan Africa. People can get EVD through direct contact with an infected animal (bat or nonhuman primate) or a sick or dead person infected with Ebola virus.

How is Ebola spread from human to human?

Ebola can spread when people come into contact with infected blood or body fluids. Ebola poses little risk to travelers or the general public who have not cared for or been in close contact (within 3 feet or 1 meter) with someone sick with Ebola.

What are some interesting facts about Ebola virus?

1. Ebola is the name used for describing Ebola Virus Disease or EVD. Previously it was known as Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever. 2. The term ‘hemorrhagic’ refers to bleeding. There are other types of hemorrhagic fever such is Dengue fever, Lassa fever , Yellow fever and Marburg fever .

What do you need to know about Ebola virus?

Ebola Virus Facts. If a person has Ebola hemorrhagic fever (more commonly known as Ebola), it means they have been infected with the Ebola virus. This virus is transmitted through direct contact with people who have Ebola, or through contact with their body fluids. The virus is a type of ribonucleic acid (RNA) virus.

What are the possible causes of Ebola?

Primary Cause of Ebola. The primary cause of Ebola is the result: of transmission of an infectious agent by another person by one or more of the following: saliva, air, cough, fecal-oral route, surfaces, blood, needles, blood transfusions, sexual contact, mother to fetus, etc.

How many deaths are caused by Ebola virus?

Ebola virus has caused the majority of human deaths from EVD and is the cause of the 2013–2016 Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa, which resulted in at least 28,646 suspected cases and 11,323 confirmed deaths.