Dallas Case Adds to Ebola Fears: Questions & Answers

October 3, 2014 8:58 PM

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The worst-ever outbreak of Ebola has spread from West Africa to the U.S. with the diagnosis this week of the first case outside of Africa. More than 7,100 people have been infected and more than 3,400 have died, mostly in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Below are frequently asked questions about the disease.

A: The origin of the virus is unknown, but fruit bats are considered the most likely host, according to the World Health Organization. Ebola jumps to humans from infected animals including chimpanzees, gorillas and bats that live in the rain forest. The virus is named after the Ebola River in what i...

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