Ebola virus Eb·o·la virus (ěb'ə-lə)
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.