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The Most Fatal 2014 Outbreak of Ebolavirus Disease in Western Africa

Mohajan, Haradhan (2014): The Most Fatal 2014 Outbreak of Ebolavirus Disease in Western Africa. Published in: American Journal of Epidemiology and Infectious Disease , Vol. 2, No. 4 (28. September 2014): pp. 101-108.

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Abstract

The first Ebolavirus diseases outbreak was in Zaire (now Democratic Republic of the Congo) in 1976. The 2014 Ebola outbreak is the deadliest and the largest Ebola outbreak in history and the first in western Africa. More than 2,746 people had died from this outbreak. The disease is a severe, often fatal in humans and nonhuman primates. It cannot naturally transmit through the air, water or food and can be spread by direct contact with blood and secretions of the infected patients. At present there is no standard treatment for Ebolavirus diseases; only supportive therapy is available. Hence prevention is the best way by not traveling to areas where the virus is found. The paper represents an elementary idea of Ebolavirus diseases to create consciousness of the disease among common people.

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