Ebola Virus Facts
If a person has Ebola hemorrhagic fever (more commonly known as Ebola), it means they have been infected with the Ebola virus. This virus is transmitted through direct contact with people who have Ebola, or through contact with their body fluids. The virus is a type of ribonucleic acid (RNA) virus.
The exact origin, locations, and natural habitat of this virus remain unknown, but researchers believe that the virus is normally maintained in an animal host that is native to the African continent.
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