Friday, November 21, 2008

New Strain of Ebola Virus found

Electron micrograph of Ebola Zaire virus

An Ebola outbreak in Uganda in 2007 - Scientists said Friday an outbreak of Ebola that killed 37 people in Uganda last year was sparked by a hitherto unknown species of one of the world's most notorious viruses.

Bioprofile of the Ebolavirus
  • Characteristic thread-like structure of a filovirus
  • Biosafety Level 4 agent (no approved vaccine/treatment available)
  • Four known strains
    • Bundibugyo ebolavirus
    • Ivory Coast ebolavirus
    • Sudan ebolavirus
    • Reston ebolavirus
    • Za├»re ebolavirus
  • Causes Ebola Haemorrhagic Fever
  • Recent outbreaks
    • August 30, 2007, 103 people (100 adults and three children) were infected by a suspected hemorrhagic fever outbreak in the village of Kampungu, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)
    • November 30, 2007, the Uganda Ministry of Health confirmed an outbreak of Ebola in the Bundibugyo District

More details at:

New Strain of Ebola Virus Found

1 comment:

paul said...

talk about a late news release.. they sure took their time :p


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