1. Where is the recent Ebola outbreak?
This map from World Health Organization and CNN puts the Ebola outbreak into context. Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone are the most affected countries, but a few cases have popped up in the US, Spain, Nigeria and Senegal.
2. What’s the background of the virus?
The virus was first discovered by an outbreak in 1976, which up until now has been the worst outbreak on record. There have since been five different strains of the virus.
3. How did humans get it?
It is now thought that the original host of the Ebola virus was bats in west and central Africa. These infected bats bite or cut and infect other species such as duikers and chimpanzees, raising the probabilities of any infectious contact with humans. Still, very little is known about how the virus initially transfers to humans and triggers human-to-human transmission.
4. How does it spread?
As the Center for Disease Control affirms, you cannot be infected with Ebola through the air, water, or through food. The only way to get Ebola is from touching the bodily fluids of an infected person. What you should take away is that, “Ebola poses no significant risk in the United States.”
5. What else do I need to know?
Do you have additional questions? Almost everything there is to know about Ebola is reported above by the South China Morning Post. For more scientific analysis, visit the CDC’s page dedicated to awareness about the virus.
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