Ebola Virus - information on the virus **School Essay**

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The Ebola virus is a deadly virus in the filovirus family. The filovirus family consists of Ebola Zaire, the most virulent of the Ebola viruses, Ebola Sudan, Ebola Reston, and Marburg. The Ebola Zaire virus has a 90% kill rate but has not been proved to be airborne. Ebola Zaire broke

out in 1976 and killed around 500 people according to most sources. Ebola Sudan is less virulent but still kills almost 70% of all it's victims over 50%

more then yellow fever which is considered to be very deadly. Ebola Reston never infected any human beings only monkeys. It broke out in a monkey house in Reston, Virginia. Marburg is the least virulent in the filorvirus family killing a mere 50% of it's victims. It first broke out in '50 in Marburg, Germany. Ebola Reston is the only strain of Ebola that has been proven to transmit through the air and it's been the only Ebola not fatal to humans only monkeys.

All the other known strains of Ebola are transmitted by direct contact. The first outbreak of Ebola was in 1976 in Zaire Africa. The next was in Sudan Africa in 1979. Refer to chart for more outbreaks.

There is no vaccine for Ebola yet but there was a treatment for it that was discovered during this recent outbreak. They gave some Ebola infected patients a total blood transfusion from people that

survived Ebola. The patients that got the transfusion lived because once someone catches Ebola they supposedly can't catch it again. Because

there is no vaccine or cure Ebola is a level four virus meaning that it must be worked on in an air tight room and anyone working on it must be in a

space suit. This '95 outbreak along with the book by Richard...