The 2014 Ebola outbreak

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CURATED BY Susannah Locke

2014-09-22 15:39:23 -0400

  1. Why is Ebola suddenly in the news?
  2. How do Ebola outbreaks happen?
  3. Where is the current Ebola outbreak?
  4. Why is the current Ebola outbreak so deadly?
  5. Does Ebola really make people bleed from their eyes?
  6. Why is Ebola so deadly?
  7. How hard is it to catch Ebola?
  8. What are the chances of an Ebola outbreak in the United States?
  9. How do you treat Ebola?
  10. You didn't answer my question!
  11. How have these cards changed?
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    Why is Ebola suddenly in the news?

    The deadliest Ebola outbreak in recorded history is happening right now. The outbreak is unprecedented both in the number of people who have gotten sick and in geographic scope. And so far, it's been a long battle that doesn't appear to be slowing down.

    The Ebola virus has now hit five countries: Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, and Senegal. (There is a separate outbreak happening in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, too.)

    The virus — which starts off with flu-like symptoms and sometimes ends with bleeding — has infected more than 5,500 people and killed more than 2,500 since this winter, according to the World Health Organization on September 19, 2014.

    Ebola is both rare and very deadly. Since the first outbreak in 1976, Ebola viruses have infected thousands of people and killed roughly 60 percent of them. Symptoms can come on quickly and kill fast.

    Journalist David Quammen put it well in a recent New York Times op-ed: "Ebola is more inimical to humans than perhaps any known virus on Earth, except rabies and HIV-1. And it does its damage much faster than either."

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    A short visual history of the Ebola epidemic, by .

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    How do Ebola outbreaks happen?

  3. Card 3 of 11

    Where is the current Ebola outbreak?

  4. Card 4 of 11

    Why is the current Ebola outbreak so deadly?

  5. Card 5 of 11

    Does Ebola really make people bleed from their eyes?

  6. Card 6 of 11

    Why is Ebola so deadly?

  7. Card 7 of 11

    How hard is it to catch Ebola?

  8. Card 8 of 11

    What are the chances of an Ebola outbreak in the United States?

  9. Card 9 of 11

    How do you treat Ebola?

  10. Card 10 of 11

    You didn't answer my question!

  11. Card 11 of 11

    How have these cards changed?

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