First case of Ebola virus in the US diagnosed

Oct 1, 2014 17:00 IST

The United States in last week of September 2014 diagnosed its first case of the deadly Ebola virus. The person was diagnosed for the disease after being hospitalised with the symptoms that were confirmed to be caused by Ebola.

As per the US health officials, the person became infected with the deadly Ebola virus in Liberia and traveled to Texas, US. The patient left Liberia on 19 September 2014. The symptoms of the virus on the patient became apparent on 24 September 2014. He was admitted to hospital in Texas on 28 September 2014 and since then has been put in isolation.

About Ebola
Ebola virus disease (EVD) also known as Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever (EHF) is a disease of humans and other primates caused by an ebola virus. Symptoms start two days to three weeks after contracting the virus. The virus causes bleeding both internally and externally to the affected patient.

According to the World Health Organization, the world's largest outbreak of Ebola has infected over 6500 people across five West African countries, and killed more than 3000, till date.


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