Understanding the Ebola virus

October 10, 2014 3:01 AM

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Understanding the Ebola virus

Information and indeed misinformation about Ebola spread with speed and vigour comparable to the disease itself, but with such a deluge of often misleading news in light of the recent outbreaks in West Africa, it can be difficult to discern the valuable from the reactionary.

To fully appreciate both the threat of disease and the beauty of the etiologic agents, it is useful to start at the beginning. Ebola Virus disease (EVD), also known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever (EHF) first emerged in Yambuku, Zaire, home to the Ebola river after which the disease is named. Ebola virus...

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