Ebola is a virus originating in wild animals in Western Africa. It is transmitted through bodily fluids and has a high mortality rate - around 50 percent in the case of the recent, major outbreak in West Africa.
The disease was identified in 1976 and so far there is no vaccine. The incubation period can range from two-three days up to three weeks. Symptoms include fever, diarrhoea and internal as well as external bleeding; Ebola is not contagious (airborne), but is highly infectious. While the virus is killed easily with soap and water, those who are infected have to be placed in isolation to avoid a spread. Recent DW content with the keyword Ebola is collated below.
When the mayor of Monrovia, Clara Doe Mvogo, was appointed, she had big plans to improve particularly the health and sanitation situation for the 1,5 million inhabitants of Liberia's capital. But shortly after she took office, Ebola broke out, changing everything. The energetic septuagenearian tells DW about the challenges of being the mayor of Monrovia and explains why she's still optimistic.
A mobile DNA lab for remote regions is one thing, but a chemistry kit for kids at Christmas is another altogether. Bento Lab co-founder Bethan Wolfenden tells DW why we all need to understand genetics.