Ebola is a disease that is known to many for its infectiousness and fatality. In 2014, the world witnessed an unprecedented case of Ebola outbreak that saw hundreds dead in parts of West Africa such as Sierra Leone and Liberia as well as other parts of the world.
Aside from medical practitioners, laboratory researchers, and other health and aid workers, majority of people across the world are not very well informed about the Ebola virus. This has led to a lot of myths and inaccurate information circulating about the disease. In line with this, here are some top things you may not have known yet about this virulent infection:
2Bats and monkeys are the natural hosts of the virus
Ebola is a zoonotic disease, that is a disease that affects both animals and humans. It is however only symptomatic and fatal in human beings. Certain species of bats and monkeys are believed to be natural carriers of the Ebola virus. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), four of the five known strains of Ebola virus occur in animal hosts which are native to Africa. Human beings get infected by the disease upon coming in contact with blood and body fluids from infected animals.