A new video highlights National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) scientists and their collaborators as they search for Ebola and other emerging viruses in a remote jungle in the Republic of the Congo.
Researchers hope to learn how to prevent these viruses from causing infection and death in animals and humans.
There are a total of 5 identified subtypes of Ebola, named after the location in which they were first detected. Four of the five have caused Ebola hemorrhagic fever (EHF) in humans: Ebola-Zaire, Ebola-Sudan, Ebola-Ivory Coast and Ebola-Bundibugyo. EHF is a febrile hemorrhagic illness which causes death in 25-90 percent of all cases. The Ebola Reston species, found in the Philippines, has not to date demonstrated significant illness or death in humans. Currently there is no vaccine or treatment for Ebola infection.
Direct Link to Video: Tracking Ebola in the Congo Jungle