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.
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Elections are around the corner in the Democratic Republic of Congo, but the area around the town of Beni in eastern DRC is still fighting an Ebola outbreak. It has killed nearly 300 people since August. Violence has also marred the run-up to the elections. Several people have been killed in the past few weeks. Additionally a warehouse with voting machines was set on fire in the capital Kinshasa.