Ebola virus

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See also: ebolavirus and Ebolavirus


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After Ebola river (area of discovery of type species) +‎ -virus. Reports conflict about who initially coined the name: either Karl Johnson of the American Centers for Disease Control[1] or Belgian researchers.[2]


Ebola virus (uncountable)

  1. Any extremely contagious filovirus infection of African origin that causes Ebola fever, spread through contact with bodily fluids or secretions of infected persons and by airborne particles, caused by the viruses in genus Ebolavirus.



  1. ^ Richard Preston (July 20, 1995) The Hot Zone, Anchor Books (Random House), page 117: “Karl Johnson named it Ebola”
  2. ^ “'In 1976 I Discovered Ebola – Now I Fear an Unimaginable Tragedy'”, in The Observer[1], Guardian Media Group, 4 October 2014