Ebola 101: What Do You Need to Know?

HARRISONBURG,Va. (WHSV)-- The outbreak that the world is talking about has now killed 887 people in West Africa. So far, two American missionaries have contracted the deadly disease.

There are five different strains of Ebola. Each is named after the region in Africa that it comes from. One of the five strains was named after Reston, VA, after being found in monkeys in the D.C. suburb.

Currently, there is no cure for the Ebola disease. But, an experimental drug called 'Z-Mapp' is being used to successfully treat patients with it.

Ebola starts irritating its patients with a fever, muscle pains, and severe vomiting and diarrhea. Then, it shuts down major organs such as the kidneys and liver. Eventually, the infection causes internal and external bleeding from canals in the body; like your eyes, ears, and nose.

Click on the link on the sidebar of this story, to find out more about Ebola.


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