Ebola virus

Ebola virus

[ih-boh-luh]
noun
a highly contagious virus of the family Filoviridae that causes hemorrhagic fever, gastrointestinal distress, and often death.

Origin:
after Ebola River, Democratic Republic of the Congo, near which virus outbreak occurred in 1976

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Ebola virus Eb·o·la virus (ěb'ə-lə)
n.
An RNA virus that causes acute, highly fatal hemorrhagic fever that spreads through contact with bodily fluids or secretions of infected persons.

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Ebola virus   (ĭ-bō'lə)  Pronunciation Key 
A virus of African origin, belonging to the genus Filovirus, that causes a highly contagious infection characterized by fever, respiratory symptoms, bleeding, and sometimes central nervous system involvement with coma. In many patients there is progressive organ failure leading to death.
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