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The disease is caused by infection with Ebola virus, named after a river in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire) in Africa, where it was first recognized. The virus is one of two members of a family of RNA viruses call the Filoviridae. There are five identified subtypes of Ebola virus. Four of the five have caused disease in humans. The fifth, Ebola-Reston, has caused disease in nonprimates, but not in humans."
According to The Full Wiki, "The Ebola virus is believed to be transmitted to humans via contact with an infected animal host. The virus is then transmitted to other people that come into contact with blood and bodily fluids of the infected person, and by human contact with contaminated medical equipment such as needles. Both of these infectious mechanisms will occur in clinical (nosocomial) and non-clinical situations. Due to the high fatality rate, the rapidity of demise, and the often remote areas where infections occur, plus poor hygiene in the area, the potential for widespread epidemic outbreaks is considered low."
The locations in this map are provided by Wikipedia's page on the Ebola virus disease. To help you understand the impact of the disease and how it evolved, I color-coded the map by the five different classifications of the disease. If you track the dates in the legend you will notice two places where the disease has a trend of repeating itself over and over. On the other hand, there is another a trend, if extended in the direction of travel, shows to different types of the disease, from two different locations, are headed towards the same destination from two different directions.
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