What is The Ebola Virus?
There are five known strains of the Ebola virus, with four of them being transmittable to humans. Since its discovery in 1976, the virus has a fatality rate between 50% and 90%, depending on the strain.
Found only in Africa so far, the disease starts out with flu-like symptoms but transitions into including vomiting, diarrhea, kidney & liver failure, and internal/external bleeding. The disease can be transmitted through bodily fluids, but the exact source of the virus is not yet known.
The World Health Organization calls Ebola virus diseases (EVD) one of the world’s most virulent diseases, and it has been classified as a Category A bioterrorism agent by the CDC.