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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.


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


Full article: Stub class article Ebola/2014 event

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


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]


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]