The Ebola virus began to spread throughout West Africa in March, infecting almost 6,000 people in Senegal, Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria.
Ebola is a virus first discovered in 1976 in the Congo and Sudan, transmitted from infected animals such as bats, monkeys, or gorillas through blood or bodily fluid to humans. There have been several outbreaks since 1976, but none as large as the current one. The last outbreak occurred from late 2000 to early 2001 and infected 425 people in Central Africa. Continue reading “Ebola: The what, when, and how”