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See also: Ebola virus and Ebolavirus


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An ebolavirus virion.
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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]


ebolavirus (plural ebolaviruses)

  1. Any of several viruses, of the genus Ebolavirus, responsible for hemorrhagic fever.


  1. ^ Preston, Richard (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