Ebola Web Project

Megan Ryan Moynihan

University of Virginia

"The Ebola virus is a member of a family of RNA viruses known as filoviruses. When magnified several thousand times by an electron microscope, these viruses have the appearance of long filaments or threads. Ebola virus was discovered in 1976 and was named for a river in Zaire, Africa, where it was first detected."
-National Center for Infectious Diseases

This is the first photograph of the Ebola Zaire virus. It is an electron micrograph, taken on 10/13/1976 by Dr. F.A. Murphy. The photo shows a diagnostic specimen at 160,000 x magnification.
-Access Excellence; photo by Dr. Frederick A. Murphy, UC Davis

Information about Ebola

Encyclopedia of Virology Plus
This is an article from the Encyclopedia of Virology CD-ROM. It provides a great deal of detailed information about many aspects of the Ebola and Marburg viruses. Various areas of information about the Ebola virus are highlighted in the article. These main points include: History, Taxonomy and Classification, Properties, Replication, Distribution, Evolution, Prevention, and Control.

Institute for Molecular Virology
This site contains articles reporting updates on recent Ebola outbreaks. News articles are available about cases from 1995 and 1996 which broke out in Reston, Gabon, Texas, Zaire, Kenya, and the Philippines.

Ebola Virus Hemorrhagic Fever
This is the Center for Disease Control's report on the Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever: its symptoms, how it is spread, and how to control it. The page was last updated in April, 1997 and describes the recent outbreak in Kikwit, Zaire. Interesting briefs are given about the risk for the United States and the CDC's involvement with the virus.

Access Excellence: What's News
"Dr. Frederick A. Murphy Talks About the Ebola Virus: An Interview by Sean Henahan, Access Excellence". Dr. Murphy was the first person to look at the Ebola virus under the electron microscope, and he has used his knowledge to contribute to Richard Preston's book, The Hot Zone, as well as to the movie, Outbreak. He is the Dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine at UC Davis and was the director of the National Center for Infectious Diseases at the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta during the "Reston incident".

Scientific American Explorations
"Shaking the Ebola Tree: Genetic analysis offers insights into the workings of a notorious virus". This article was written by news writers Gunjan Sinha and Corey S. Powell. It provides information about Ebola as a filovirus, its outbreaks, and its implications. Links are provided to the CDC and WHO pages.

Ebola Fact Sheet
World Health Organization: "Emerging and Other Communicable Diseases (EMC)". This is a fact sheet that was published in February 1996 and describes the Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever. The authors explain its incubation, diagnosis, therapy, transmission, and containment.

"Filoviruses in Non-Human Primates: Overview of the Investigation in Texas". This page contains information from the Center for Disease Control about Ebola as a filovirus. It includes descriptions of the symptoms and effects of the virus in both humans and monkeys. Information is also given about Ebola Reston and the Ebola Virus Hemorrhagic Fever. The article is from the National Center for Infectious Diseases in Atlanta, GA.

Reuters Article
"Officials Kill 48 Monkeys in Ebola Scare: 17 April 1996". This is an article about a recent Ebola scare that resulted in the killing of 48 monkeys. The monkeys were part of a shipment from the Philippines to Texas and it was believed that they were exposed to a strain of Ebola Reston.

Ebola Zaire Fan Club
A great site about Ebola! This is the homepage for the Ebola Zaire Fan Club. It contains facts and photos of the virus, as well as articles about recent Ebola news, maps of infected territories, and many other "Ebolinks" and "Ebolocations".

Megan Ryan Moynihan


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