Ebola

Categories: Health & Hygiene

Ebola

 

This scanning electron micrograph (SEM) depicts a number of Ebola virions.

Ebola hemorrhagic fever (Ebola HF) is a severe, often-fatal disease in humans and nonhuman primates (monkeys, gorillas, and chimpanzees) that has appeared sporadically since its initial recognition in 1976. The disease is caused by infection with Ebola virus, named after a river in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire) in Africa, where it was first recognized. The virus is one of two members of a family of RNA viruses called the Filoviridae. There are four identified subtypes of Ebola virus. Three of the four have caused disease in humans: Ebola-Zaire, Ebola-Sudan, and Ebola-Ivory Coast. The fourth, Ebola-Reston, has caused disease in nonhuman primates, but not in humans.

Source: CDC

Link to hi-res version:
http://phil.cdc.gov/PHIL_Images/20050307/0ba4ebc98523417795074b38c302950b/1836.tif

 

Ebola :  Created on September 9th, 2007.  Last Modified on November 4th, 2009

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