The Genesis of the Ebola Virus: An Epidemiological Research Study

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Student Presenters: Angela Sista, Nura Sbeah, Matthew Skibniewski
Faculty Advisor: Kristie Reilly and Laura Lorentzen

Abstract: The Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) is a rare, deadly disease that is found in nonhuman primates and humans. It is transmitted via direct contact with an infected person that is living/deceased, or by bats or nonhuman primates. EVD was first discovered in 1976 in Zaire, (now Democratic Republic of Congo), but is believed to be active long before discovery. The virus has been contained largely within this area. The aim of our study is to explore the genesis of EVD through peer-reviewed articles and published data. Our goal is to track the history of this virus, where and how it attacks and to uncover the factors that contributed to the rapid spread of this epidemic.

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