08 August 2014 15:15
What is the Ebola virus?

What you need to know about the deadly Ebola virus



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The World Health Organisation has declared the Ebola epidemic an international health emergency.

The current outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa is the largest and deadliest ever, with nearly 900 confirmed deaths from 1,600 confirmed cases. So what is Ebola, how do people become infected, and who is most at risk?

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