Facts About the Deadly Ebola Virus in West Africa

There is currently an Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa only. It's good to have this information available to help us understand the facts. The outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in West Africa is now larger and more serious than any previous outbreak. The current 2014 outbreak of Ebola virus disease in West Africa is the largest outbreak of the disease in history.

Ebola virus is the cause of a viral hemorrhagic fever disease. Most people outside of West Africa do not need to worry about Ebola prevention. Ebola hemorrhagic fever is a disease caused by one of five different Ebola viruses.

The New Mexico Department of Health is working with the healthcare and public health systems in New Mexico, as well as together with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( CDC ), in ongoing preparedness efforts related to the epidemic of Ebola Virus Disease ( EVD ) in West Africa. The Ebola virus disease (EVD), formerly known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever is a severe condition caused by a virus from the Filoviridae family. For Ebola virus, if you traveled to these countries in West Africa (Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia) or had contact with a patient known to have Ebola virus disease within the last 21 days AND have a fever greater than 100.4°F, headache, weakness, stomach signs and symptoms, muscle pain or bleeding.

For example, it is rare — if it's even possible at all — that the disease would spread through coughing or sneezing (which are not even signs and symptoms of Ebola, as our colleagues at PunditFact lately  noted). There have been 24 outbreaks of Ebola virus in Africa since the first outbreaks in 1976. The 2014 Ebola outbreak is the largest in history and the first in West Africa.

Ebola virus disease (EVD), also known as viral hemorrhagic fever (VHF) is a severe illness caused by Ebola Filo virus. There have been 33 Ebola outbreaks ever since 1976, however the 2014 outbreak in West Africa is actually by far the largest. While you may not work in healthcare, and also the chance of being in contact anyone personally impacted by Ebola is very deadly , knowing the story about the deadly virus can allow you to join us in our mission to better inform the public.

We write today to share some facts that may help you share information to help calm the public's fears about the spread of Ebola in the United States. The countries most affected by the current Ebola virus disease outbreak are Nigeria, Liberia, guinea and sierra Leone, all in West Africa. This year marks the first Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

The current outbreak is the first in West Africa and the largest in history. The outbreak of Ebola virus centered in West Africa is frightening for many reasons. Another experimental treatment, TKM-Ebola , started human trials in January 2014, according to its creator, Tekmira Pharmaceuticals.

The 2014 Epidemic of the Ebola virus in West Africa is the largest in history, according to the World Health Organization.


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