Ebola Virus

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  • Topic: Ebola, Infection, Viral hemorrhagic fever
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I will be researching Ebola virus, and I will investigate in depth on this virus. As we saw in the CellsAlive Interactive the Ebola virus is a 100,000 times zoom for the human eye to see it. To start I will go in depth of exactly what a virus is and how it spreads. A virus is a tiny particle, virus particles are about one-millionth of an inch (17 to 300 nanometers) long. Viruses are about a thousand times smaller than bacteria, and bacteria are much smaller than most human cells. Viruses are so small that most cannot be seen with a light microscope, but must be observed with an electron microscope. Viruses enter into the body through your cells, and then they multiply.

The virus is a type of fever. The Ebola virus was first identified in the western equatorial part of Sudan and in a nearby region of Democratic Republic of the Congo in 1976. Ebola virus is one of two members of a family of RNA viruses known as Filoviridae. There are four identified subtypes of Ebola virus. Three of the four have caused disease in humans: Ebola-Zaire, Ebola-Sudan, Ebola-Ivory Coast. The fourth Ebola virus subtype, Ebola-Reston, has caused disease in nonhuman primates, but not in humans.

The symptoms of this virus include: Arthritis, Backache (low-back pain), Chills, Diarrhea, Fatigue, Fever, Headache, weakness/discomfort, Nausea, Sore throat, and vomiting. After a person becomes infected with the Ebola virus, it begins to multiply within the body. On average, Ebola virus symptoms begin four to six days after infection. After the virus starts to spread the incubation stage starts and can be as short as 2 days or as long as 21 days. A rash, hiccups, red eyes, and internal and external bleeding may be seen in some patients. On dark skin, the rash is often not recognized until it begins to peel. Many patients suffer from the symptoms, and they can be very harsh on the patients.

The Ebola virus is transmitted by direct contact with the blood, body fluids and tissues of...
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