The Origin And Historical Development Of Ebola Virus

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origin of ebola virus

The Ebola virus that is now harassing almost everybody around the whole world was first discovered in the year 1976 in the Democratic Republic of Congo, from that time, as per the reports by The WHO, there were a total of 15 epidemis in African countries. At that time, more that 1,300 people were reported dead from the virus. The current epidemic started in Guinea. In the year 2012 it occurred in Uganda and also in the Democratic Republic Of Congo. The ebola virus that is responsible for the outbreak in Africa was discovered around 38 years ago. In the year 1976 there was an international team of scientists who were given the mandate to investigate the virus. At the moment,there was a doctor called Peter Piot was quick in finding out about the deadly virus. Many scientists have seen the samples of blood being sent from Afirca to Belgium in a microscope for laboratory test.

The virus has been tested and some of its features is that it looks like a worm or a virus with some long hanging strings. This is something that is just with the ebola virus unlike all other types of viruses. There was also a test that was done using soil samples from Zaire which showed that the virus is able to spread very quickly and kill the victims within a very short time. There are so many bodies that are working together to make sure that the ebola epidemic is stopped. The name ebola still is not clear as to how it was named, but there are some anonymous sources claiming that the name was given to the virus by a group of scientists.

There was a very big debate about the naming of the virus. This virus was found in a small village called “Yambuku“, and most of the scientist in the team agreed to name it after the village. This was said by one of the team members called Dr. Pierre Sureau, from the “Pasteur Institute in France”. There was an expert among them known as Dr. Joel Breman, from the “Center for Disease Control and Prevention” (CDC) said that naming a virus such as the name of the village will give a negative stigma in the village “Yambuku”. This had never happened before even with other diseases like Lassa virus, which emerged in the town of Lassa in Nigeria in 1969.

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author avatar Shamarie
6th Dec 2014 (#)

Good article, tafmona! The ebola virus had almost everybody going crazy in the States! With the events of Ferguson and Eric Garner, ebola has become an afterthought!

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author avatar M G Singh
6th Dec 2014 (#)

Good information

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author avatar puncakceria
6th Dec 2014 (#)

Informative article... good job my dear. Thank you for sharing this informations. Have a great day. :)

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6th Dec 2014 (#)

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author avatar tafmona
6th Dec 2014 (#)

thanks a lot for reading and commenting on my post, I personally was so much disturbed when I had about ebola, and the way it spreads, and the way we people at times are not so keen when interacting so catching it can be abit easy, but now it seems the virus has been put under control

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
6th Dec 2014 (#)

Interesting post, good show Tafmona!

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
6th Dec 2014 (#)

tafmona, excellent article. I've been studying ebola since 1976. It is such a terrible virus. The WHO said that ebola is far from over. The most important fact to keep in mind is to respect this virus. We must never take it lightly because it is so dangerous.

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