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Ebola

[ ee-boh-luh, ih-boh- ]

noun

  1. Also called Ebola fever;. a usually fatal disease, a type of hemorrhagic fever, caused by the Ebola virus and marked by high fever, severe gastrointestinal distress, and bleeding.


Ebola

  1. A highly lethal virus that causes massive internal hemorrhaging. It is thought that the virus originated in central Africa and was passed to humans from primates .


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Notes

This virus has been responsible for a greatly increased interest in and vigilance over new, exotic infectious diseases that are at risk of spreading rapidly, given the nature of modern jet transportation and bioterrorism (see also bioterrorism ).

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Word History and Origins

Origin of Ebola1

After Ebola River, Democratic Republic of the Congo, near which an outbreak of the disease occurred in 1976

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Example Sentences

The need for an Ebola vaccine in West Africa has never been greater.

While public interest in Ebola continues to dwindle, the epidemic itself continues to soar.

With Ebola still raging in West Africa, the race to find a vaccine is heating up.

The next phase of the trial consists of vaccinating Ebola workers on the front lines.

Consent is manufactured—like, remember the Ebola crisis from a few weeks ago?

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