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4832 Ebola-virus-Alert

Ebola virus Alert!

Ebola virus Alert!

The recent outbreak of the Ebola virus in Africa has been frightening. According to The World Health Organization, it is known to have affected 1100 people and the current death toll is 887 (as on the 6th of August, 2014). The possibility to spread to other countries including India is high due to which we need to be aware of the epidemic and be prepared to safe guard ourselves.
The first outbreak was in 1976 in Sudan, Nzara and the Democratic republic of Congo. Later, it was reported in a small village situated on the banks of the river Ebola from which the disease takes its name. This virus has been found in Chimps, African monkeys and other nonhuman primates.

What are its causes and how is it transmitted?