Ebola – Congo The Democratic Republic Of The
The province of North Kivu in the DR Congo reports eleven cases of Ebola virus.
The first confirmed case was of a two-year-old boy who died on October 6th. This past Thursday, the two first cured patients from Ebola were discharged from the local Ebola treatment center in the province. The WHO in the province identified 604 people who were exposed to the virus.
Photo: Ebola virus – Electron micrograph.
Ebola, also known as Ebola virus disease (EVD) or Ebola hemorrhagic fever (EHF), is a viral hemorrhagic fever of humans and other primates caused by ebolaviruses. Signs and symptoms typically start between two days and three weeks after contracting the virus with a fever, sore throat, muscular pain, and headaches. Some people begin to bleed both internally and externally.
The disease has a high risk of death, killing 25% to 90% of those infected, with an average of about 50%.
Several vaccines for Ebola exist.
The disease was first identified in 1976, in two simultaneous outbreaks: one in Nzara (a town in South Sudan) and the other in Yambuku (Democratic Republic of the Congo), a village relatively near the Ebola River from which the disease takes its name.
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