Ebola

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Typevirus,  disease
Subpage(s)Ebola/2014 event

Ebola is a naturally occurring, often fatal disease. It typically occurs in outbreaks in tropical regions of Sub-Saharan Africa. It was first identified in 26 August 1976.

Outbreaks

The disease has had major outbreaks in 1976, 1995 and 2007. Between 1976 and 2013 it killed a total of 1,716 people.[1]

2014

Full article: Ebola/2014 event

The most publicised outbreak in recent years was detected in March 2014.

2018-19

On 8 May and then again on August 1, 2018, the Ministry of Health of the Democratic Republic of Congo declared Ebola outbreaks.[2][3] The WHO advised "against restriction" of travel.[4]

In July 2019 the WHO declared the continued outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern[5] and scientists were wondering whether it had become more contagious after cases were reported in urban areas in the Congo and in Uganda.[6]

Transmission

In October 2014, CDC was criticised for lack of clarity after it removed a webpage which suggested that Ebola was transmissable from person through coughing and sneezing.[7]

Intellectual property

In 2010, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was granted patent #CA2741523A1 on a strain of Ebola known as "EboBun", derived from the 2007 outbreak.[8]

Screening technology

In 2014, the US military was reportedly using a genetic screening technology for ebola detection that the FDA was "actively blocking" in the USA.[9]

 

Related Quotation

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Francis Boyle“I have absolute proof from a Pentagon document that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was doing bio-warfare work for the Pentagon in Sierra Leone, the heart of the outbreak, as early as 1988. Why would they do that? As I suggested to try to circumvent the Biological Weapons Convention to which the US government is a party. So, always bio-warriors do use offensive and defensive bio-warfare work, violating the Biological Weapons Convention. So effectively they try to offshore it into West Africa where Liberia is not a party and Guinea is not a party. Sierra Leone is a party. But in Sierra Leone and Liberia there were disturbances which kept the world from really paying attention of what was going on in these labs.<a href="#cite_note-4">[4]</a>Francis Boyle
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