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Ebola virus Infographic

Nov 26, 2020



Tuesday, July 24, 2018: people in the Democratic Republic of Congo are relieved when the World Health Organization (WHO) declares the end of its latest Ebola outbreak. Less than a week later, doctors already detect a new infection. It is the start of the tenth – and worst – Ebola outbreak in the history of DR Congo, and the second-largest outbreak worldwide. Within a year, the virus kills more than 1,800 people.

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The Ebola virus causes an acute, serious illness which is often fatal if untreated. EVD first appeared in 1976 in 2 simultaneous outbreaks, one in what is now Nzara, South Sudan, and the other in Yambuku, DRC. The latter occurred in a village near the Ebola River, from which the disease takes its name.