How Crazy Is The Ebola Virus?

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Although the ongoing outbreak of Ebola has been somewhat contained, Ebola still a very deadly virus that can cause another major international outbreak. We give you some facts about Ebola virus.


1
Ebola is a virus. This means that typical antibiotics that would kill a bacterial infection will not work against it.

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The first Ebola outbreaks in humans occurred in 1976.

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Symptoms of the Ebola virus are similar to the flu. Infected individuals typically have high fevers, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

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Ebola is extremely infectious but not extremely contagious.

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Ebola virus cannot be transmitted through the air.

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According to the World Health Organization, "there is no specific treatment or vaccine (For Ebola)," and the fatality rate can be up to 90%.

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While the exact reservoir of Ebola viruses is still unknown, researchers believe the most likely natural hosts are fruit bats.

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There are currently no licensed Ebola vaccines but 2 potential candidates are undergoing evaluation.