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Frequently Asked Questions on the Ebola Virus

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  What is Ebola virus disease (EVD)? Ebola is a severe, infectious often-fatal disease in humans and nonhuman primates (monkeys, gorillas, and chimpanzees) caused by infection with Ebola virus.  It is very infectious, kills in a short time but can be prevented. How did it spread? The natural reservoir of the virus is unknown and it […]

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World Health Organization releases statement on the meeting of the Emergency Committee regarding the Ebola Virus Disease

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Members and advisors of the Emergency Committee of the World Health Organization (WHO) under the International Health Regulations (IHR 2005) convened on August 6-7, 2014 regarding the 2014 Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak. The Committee agreed that the virus is indeed a public health risk to other states and that coordination  between international communities must be done to […]

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Frequently Asked Questions and Answers on the MERS-CoV

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  Q: What is MERS? A: Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is a viral respiratory illness. MERS is caused by a coronavirus called “Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus” (MERS-CoV).   Q: What is MERS-CoV? A: MERS-CoV is a beta coronavirus. It was first reported in 2012 in Saudi Arabia. MERS-CoV used to be called “novel coronavirus,” or “nCoV”. It is […]