Submitted by ub on Sat, 08/02/2014 - 15:11

A US medical doctor who was infected with the Ebola virus in Africa has now arrived in Atlanta for treatment. Dr. Kent Brantley's airplane landed at a military base and was whisked away and placed in isolation.

Ebola hemorrhagic fever is a severe, often fatal disease in humans and monkeys, gorillas, and chimpanzees.

Ebola HF is caused by infection with a virus of the family Filoviridae, genus Ebolavirus. When infection occurs, symptoms usually begin abruptly. The first Ebolavirus species was discovered in 1976 in what is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo near the Ebola River. Since then, outbreaks have appeared sporadically.

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