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Pictures of Ebola

This article contains pictures of Ebola patients. This illness can cause internal and external bleeding, and is often fatal in humans and nonhuman primates. Transmission occurs through direct contact with an infected person or his or her body fluids. The pictures in this article also include images of the healthcare providers that are treating the patients, along with magnified pictures of the virus that causes Ebola.

What Is Ebola?

Ebola hemorrhagic fever (also called just Ebola) is a highly contagious illness that is typically deadly in nonhuman primates (monkeys, chimpanzees, and gorillas) and humans. Outbreaks have appeared sporadically since 1976, when the virus was first recognized.

Pictures of the Ebola Virus

The Ebola virus is named for a river in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire) in Africa, where it was first recognized.
The family of RNA viruses called Filoviridae has two members, and the Ebola virus is one of them. There are four identified subtypes of the virus. Three of the four have caused disease in humans:
  • Ebola-Zaire
  • Ebola-Sudan
  • Ebola-Ivory Coast.
The fourth subtype, Ebola-Reston, has caused disease in nonhuman primates, but not in humans.
(Click Causes of Ebola for more information on the virus.)
Pictures of Ebola: No. 1
This picture shows an electron micrograph of a thin section containing the Ebola virus. From the date, it appears that this virus isolate (spore) was probably obtained during the 1976 outbreak that occurred in Zaire, which was the first recognized outbreak of Ebola. The image shows an intracytoplasmic inclusion of virus nucleocapsids (structure).
Pictures of Ebola: No. 2
A number of Ebola virions (viral particles) are shown here in this scanning electron micrograph (SEM).
Pictures of Ebola: No. 3
This colorized transmission electron micrograph shows the Ebola virus.

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