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New Ebola strain might exist

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A new strain of Ebola virus may have caused of the latest outbreak of hemorrhagic fever in Sudan.

A new strain of Ebola virus may have caused of the latest outbreak of hemorrhagic fever in Sudan. According to the World Health Organization, four out of the 10 people infected in the current outbreak of Ebola fever have died. Blood samples tested at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control show the outbreak is not linked to any of four known strains of the virus. LINKS: U.S. Centers for Disease ControlSince Ebola was first discovered in 1976, two of the strains have caused epidemics with 50 to 90 per cent mortality in Sudan, Congo, Gabon and Uganda. The highly infectious disease is characterized by severe weakness, pain, fever and vomiting. Some victims experience a rash, red eyes, hiccups and internal and external bleeding. The reservoir of Ebola, where the virus exists between outbreaks, has not been identified. (Source: CBC Health News, May 2004)

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Posted On: 23 May, 2004
Modified On: 5 December, 2013


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