Codub Monitors Ebola Virus

 Update August 11, 2014: Codub continues to monitor the Ebola outbreak that is affecting parts of Western Africa. Countries with confirmed cases include Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.  Community spread of the virus has not been reported in Nigeria. For more information on the Ebola outbreak, please visit International SOS at this link.

The following information about the disease, including prevention measures, is excerpted from  the World Health Organization (WHO)  and Centers for Disease Control:

1. What is Ebola virus disease?

  • Ebola virus disease is a severe, often fatal illness that affects humans and nonhuman primates (monkeys, gorillas, and chimpanzees). The origin of the virus is unknown but fruit bats are considered the likely host of the Ebola virus, based on available evidence.

2. How do people become infected with the virus?

  • Infection occurs from direct contact (through broken skin or mucous membranes) with the blood, or other bodily fluids or secretions (stool, urine, saliva, semen) of infected people or animals. Infection can