From What Place Did the Ebola Virus Get Its Name?
Ebola hemorrhagic fever (also known as Ebola) is a very contagious illness that is often fatal in humans and nonhuman primates (monkeys, gorillas, and chimpanzees).
Ebola was first recognized in 1976, and since then it has appeared sporadically. The virus gets its name from a river in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where it was first recognized.
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Once the Ebola virus infects a human, the transmission of Ebola continues through direct contact with the infected person or his or her body fluids (such as blood or secretions). This usually occurs during the late stages of an Ebola infection.
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