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Word Origin and History for ebola
virus, late 1970s, named for Ebola River valley in Congo, where it was first studied.
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Ebola [(i-boh-luh)]

A highly lethal virus that causes massive internal hemorrhaging. It is thought that the virus originated in central Africa and was passed to humans from primates.

Note: This virus has been responsible for a greatly increased interest in and vigilance over new, exotic infectious diseases that are at risk of spreading rapidly, given the nature of modern jet transportation and bioterrorism.
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