Also called Ebola fever, Ebola hemorrhagic fever, Ebola virus disease. a usually fatal disease, a type of hemorrhagic fever, caused by the Ebola virus and marked by high fever, severe gastrointestinal distress, and bleeding.
Origin of Ebola
after Ebola River, Democratic Republic of the Congo, near which an outbreak of the disease occurred in 1976
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Ebola virus disease
Word Origin for Ebola virus disease
C20: named after the Ebola river, N Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaïre), where an outbreak occurred in 1976
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virus, 1976, named for Ebola River valley in Congo, where it first was studied.
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