5 Questions about Ebola, answered with infographics

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1. Where is the recent Ebola outbreak?

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Where the Ebola outbreak has spread, infographic by the New York Times

According to the World Health Organization and the New York Times, “more than 1,600 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone have contracted Ebola since March… making this the biggest outbreak on record.” Over half of those who have been infected have died.

 2. What’s the background of the virus?

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A trackmap of Ebola, infographic by Africa Spring

The virus was first discovered by an outbreak in 1976, which up until now has been the worst outbreak on record. There have since been five different strains of the virus.

3. How did humans get it?

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How Ebola infections reach humans, infographic by the CDC

It is now thought that the original host of the Ebola virus was bats in west and central Africa. These infected bats bite or cut and infect other species such as duikers and chimpanzees, raising the probabilities of any infectious contact with humans. Still, very little is known about how the virus initially transfers to humans and triggers human-to-human transmission.

4. How does it spread?

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Infographic by the CDC

As the Center for Disease Control affirms, you cannot be infected with Ebola through the air, water, or through food. The only way to get Ebola is from touching the bodily fluids of an infected person. What you should take away is that, “Ebola poses no significant risk in the United States.

5. What else do I need to know?

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Infographic by the South China Morning Post.

Do you have additional questions? Almost everything there is to know about Ebola is reported above by the South China Morning Post. For more scientific analysis, visit the CDC’s page dedicated to awareness about the virus.

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