The Ebola Virus

Essay by Mr-MerlinJunior High, 9th gradeA+, December 1996

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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 airborn. Ebola Zaire broke

out in 1976 and killed around 500 people acourding

to most sources. Ebola Sudan is less vurlent 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 Virgina. Marburg is the least virulent in

the filorvirus family killing a mear 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. Then Ebola

remained hidden for almost 20 years, but then in

1995 it showed it's ugly face again. Ebola had

broken out again in Kikwit Africa. This outbreak

kill around 200 people.

There is no vacine for Ebola yet but there was

a treatement 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 vacine or cure Ebola is a level four

virus meaning that it must be worked...