Ebola – global threat or media panic?
What is the Ebola Virus?
Ebola virus disease (EVD) or Ebola haemorrhagic fever (EHF) is a serious, usually fatal, disease for which there are no licensed treatments or vaccines. Mostly found in Sub-Saharan Africa it affects humans and other primates, and can be spread by fluid transfer between people, shared hypodermic needles and also by animals such as dogs and bats through licking or biting. Ebola is fatal in some 50% to 90% of cases. The sooner a person is given care, the better their chances of survival.