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Science Department

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Myrna Rezcallah


Ebola is a serious disease in West Africa. It has a mortality rate of 70 percent and can be transmitted through close body contact. There is one certified vaccine called the Ervebo vaccine which has been proven to be effective against only certain strains. The virus first infects the dendritic cells, compromising them to show the disease to T cells. A recent report by Sankaran shows the reemergence of Ebola Viral disease in monkeys who have been treated with antibodies from the infection in the past. These findings suggest that the virus can hide and persist in specific body regions, like the vitreous chamber of the eyes, seminiferous tubules of the testes, and the ventricular system of the brain, even though it clears out all other organs. Additionally, Norderstedt et. al study shows that the Ebola Virus remains in breast milk for 26 days after the patient has cleared the virus from their blood. This disease is a topic of concern for Americans because of its similarities with the Marburg disease. The Marburg disease like Ebola is a severe hemorrhagic fever and a genetically unique zoonotic disease. Both have a majority of the same symptoms and effects. CDC warned US health officials on April 7, 2023, about the current outbreaks of Marburg disease, because of its close similarities to Ebola. As well as this, Ebola will stay a problem due to migration. Infected people traveling through countries are the probable cause of outbreaks.


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