• Question: explain how Ebola was caused

    Asked by ALICE to Arporn Koi on 23 Jun 2016.
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      Arporn Koi Wangwiwatsin answered on 23 Jun 2016:

      Hi ALICE,

      Ebola was caused by a type of virus called (..unsurprisingly..) Ebola virus! This virus was discovered in 1976 near the Ebola River in Congo and so far there are known to be 5 different types of the Ebola virus – 4 of these can infect human. The cause of infection can be from body fluid of an infected person (like blood, vomit, sweat, saliva) or from equipment contaminated with the virus. It might also get transmitted to human from infected animals too and bats and wild animals too.