Where did Ebola effect?
KENEMA, Sierra Leone, 6 August 2014 – As the outbreak of Ebola virus in West Africa continues to spread, health workers in Sierra Leone are risking their lives in the effort to contain the deadly disease.
More than 21 months on from the first confirmed case recorded on 23 March 2014, 11,315 people have been reported as having died from the disease in six countries; Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, the US and Mali. The total number of reported cases is about 28,637.
- West African Ebola virus epidemic
Country Cases Deaths Liberia 10,666 4,806 Sierra Leone 14,122 3,955 Guinea 3,804 2,536 Nigeria 20 8
- At least two of these fruit bat species are also found in Guinea — which is where the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa began — so it's possible that these bats were sources for the outbreak, Gatherer told Live Science.
- Ebola virus disease (EVD), also known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever (EHF) or simply Ebola, is a viral hemorrhagic fever of humans and other primates caused by ebolaviruses.
DAKAR, Senegal -- More than 10,000 people have been infected with Ebola and nearly half of them have died, according to figures released Saturday by the World Health Organization, as the outbreak continues to spread.
- The Ebola virus outbreak that's ravaging West Africa probably started with a single infected person, a new genetic analysis shows. This West African variant can be traced genetically to a single introduction, perhaps a person infected by a bat, researchers report in the journal Science.
- It can take 21 days to experience first symptoms from exposure - so the total elapsed time is roughly 1 month. Keep in mind, though, not everyone dies. The mortality rate in West Africa with this strain, however, is the highest ever seen for Ebola (about 70% - 80%).
- With all the media coverage and focus on the Ebola Virus, some may wonder who actually discovered it. In 1976 Dr. Peter Piot of Belgium and his colleagues were the first people to identify Ebola. Also inside was a handwritten note from a Belgian doctor based in Zaire (presently the Democratic Republic of Congo).
Updated: 6th December 2019