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Ebola

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noun
1.
Also called Ebola fever, Ebola hemorrhagic fever, Ebola virus disease. a usually fatal disease, a type of hemorrhagic fever, caused by the Ebola virus and marked by high fever, severe gastrointestinal distress, and bleeding.
Origin
after Ebola River, Democratic Republic of the Congo, near which an outbreak of the disease occurred in 1976
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noun

an infectious and often fatal disease marked by fever and internal bleeding, contracted through infected body fluids

Word Origin

after river in Congo where it was discovered

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ebola

n.

virus, 1976, named for Ebola River valley in Congo, where it first was studied.

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ebola fever in Culture
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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