The Ebola Virus
An overview of the Ebola Virus and how it effects its victims.
This paper provides an overview of the Ebola Virus and its effects. The author examines its origins, symptoms, types and mode of transmission. The paper includes a study of the various researches done on the virus and current knowledge available.
“Ebola is a highly lethal virus belonging to the filovirus genus and usually occurs in tropical climates of the world. The virus causes Ebola hemorrhagic fever (EHF), which is a disease that can affect humans and primates (CDC 2001). With an incubation period of three to sixteen days, onset strikes fast. Symptoms of Ebola hemorrhagic fever are: fever, headache, abdominal pain, sore throat, myalgia, nausea, bleeding, oral-throat lesions, vomiting, and cough. During outbreaks, spontaneous abortion occurs in approximately 80-90% of pregnant women infected with the virus.