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The Ebola virus is a member of the virus family called Filoviridae There are three strains of filoviruses Ebola Marburg and Reston All of these diseases are very fatal to monkeys and humans The Ebola virus is airborne and can enter the body through any opening in the skin especially cuts Ebola has the ability to spread from cell to cell very quickly and kills 50 to 90 of human victims The mortality rate in monkeys is currently unknown Ebola like HIV is said to be spread to humans from monkeys but no one knows exactly what the virus started from in the beginning The Ebola virus is named for a river in Zaire Africa where it was first detected It first appeared in in 1976 in Zaire followed by an out break in western Sudan almost immediately afterwards The third out break in Sudan in 1979 was smaller with 22 deaths out of the 34 cases The first outbreaks in Zaire and western Sudan were large resulting in 340 deaths out of the 550 cases The most recent outbreak is in Kikwit Zaire The outbreak appears to have started with a patient who had surgery in Kikwit on April 10 1995 Members of the patients surgical team developed symptoms similar to those of a viral hemorrhagic fever disease The symptoms of Ebola hemorrhagic fever begin 4 to 16 says after infection Victims develop fever chills headaches muscle aches and loss of appetite The patient will suffer vomiting diarrhea abdominal pains soar throat and chest pain as the virus progresses The blood fails to clot and patients may bleed from injection sites as well as into the gastrointestinal tract skin and internal organs Bleeding from the eyes and lips have also have also been reported in many cases Most victims bleed to death The Ebola virus is spread through close contact with a person who is very
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