MB Infectious Disease report

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Heather Alden 11/06/07 Bio 205 Ebola: A Violent Disease Ebola virus, along with Marburg virus, makes up a family called filoviruses (Warfield 2007). Filoviruses cause severe hemorrhagic fever in humans and nonhuman primates (DiCarlo 2007). There are four identified species of Ebola virus: Ivory Coast, Sudan, Zaire, and Reston. So far, Ebola-Reston has never caused disease in humans. In 1976 two outbreaks of Ebola hemorrhagic fever appeared in Zaire and southern Sudan. They were two different species of the virus. 90% of the Zairian cases and 50% of the Sudanese cases were fatal (Warfield 2007). Since then, Ebola outbreaks appear sporadically throughout Africa. Large outbreaks appeared in Kikwit, Zaire in 1995 and Gulu Uganda in 2000. Combined, these outbreaks killed 480 out of the 740 people they infected (Ebola Packet 2002). There have been no Ebola HF outbreaks in the United States thus far. Symptoms of Ebola HF include high fever, headache, muscle and stomach pain, fatigue, diarrhea, sore throat, hiccups, rash, red eyes, hematemesis, bloody diarrhea, chest pain,
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This note was uploaded on 04/22/2008 for the course BIO 205 taught by Professor Leid during the Fall '07 term at N. Arizona.

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