Things to Know about Ebola • Ricochet Science
The recent outbreaks of Ebola in Africa have focused media attention on viruses and the science of epidemiology. Let’s take a look at some questions about the Ebola virus: What is the Ebola virus and what is happening in Africa? Ebola is a virus that is part of the Filovirus family which includes Ebola and Marburg viruses. The genus Ebolavirus consists of five distinct viral species: Zaire ebolavirus (EBOV) Bundibugyo ebolavirus (BDBV) Sudan ebolavirus (SUDV) Taï Forest ebolavirus (TAFV) Reston ebolavirus (RESTV) The first four of these species are dangerous to humans and make up the most commonly found ebolarvirus