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Ebola Virus Disease

Ebola is also known as Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) or Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever (EHF). There are six Ebola subspecies, four of which are known to cause the disease. Ebola viral disease is a severe, often fatal disease that affects humans and some animals (like monkeys, gorillas, and chimpanzees).

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For information on current and past outbreaks, visit the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC).

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Brief History of EVD

Ebola virus was first described in 1976 near the Ebola River in what is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Since then, the virus has emerged periodically and infected people in several African countries. For more on the history of outbreaks, visit CDC's History of EVD.

 

 





Page last updated: October 21, 2022