What is Ebola?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Ebola is "a rare and deadly disease caused by infection with one of the Ebola virus strains. Ebola can cause disease in humans and nonhuman primates (monkeys, gorillas, and chimpanzees)... Symptoms may appear anywhere from 2 to 21 days after exposure to Ebola, but the average is 8 to 10 days. Recovery from Ebola depends on good supportive clinical care and the patient’s immune response. People who recover from Ebola infection develop antibodies that last for at least 10 years."
The 2014 outbreak has primarily affected countries in West Africa. The countries with the greatest numbers of cases are Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea. Cases have also been identified in the US.
For more information about the 2014 outbreak, click here.
For information put together by the North Carolina Division of Public Health, click here.