Ebola Virus Ecology Graphic

This graphic shows the life cycle of the ebolavirus. Bats are strongly implicated as both reservoirs and hosts for the ebolavirus. Of the five identified ebolavirus subtypes, four are capable of human-to-human transmission. Initial infections in humans result from contact with an infected bat or other wild animal. Strict isolation of infected patients is essential … Read more

Ebola death rates 70%, says WHO

The UN World Health Organization say that new figures suggest 70 percent of those infected with Ebola in West Africa have died, higher than previously reported. The WHO has warned that Ebola infections will treble to 20,000 by November if efforts to tackle the outbreak are not stepped up. In the worst case scenario, cases … Read more

Ebola prevention plan to fight Ebola spread

World Health Organisation (WHO) on Friday officially declared the current outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) as the “most complex outbreak leading to public health emergency”. It has called for global health alert in all countries. As of August 4, WHO says 1,711 people have been infected, of whom 932 have died. The four countries … Read more

Ebola :: Ebola haemorrhagic fever in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

The Ministry of Health (MoH) of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), with the support of international partners, is continuing field investigations to determine the extent of the outbreak of Ebola haemorrhagic fever in the Province of Kasai Occidental. Active surveillance is under way to investigate recent deaths in the affected communities, to identify other suspected cases and to follow-up on all contacts. Case numbers associated with the outbreak continue to rise and the situation has become further complicated by concomitant reports of cases of typhoid and Shigella dysenteriae type 1.

Ebola :: Ebola virus outbreak in central DR Congo claims 160 lives

At least 160 people have died in an outbreak of the highly lethal haemorrhagic Ebola virus in the centre of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) reported, announcing that it is rushing medical and supplies to the region to try to contain the disease.

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