After the Ebola outbreak, people went to understand how the virus was transmitted from person to person. Now, it has been agreed globally that it travels from body to body through fluids such as spit, sweat, blood, tears, excrement.

However, the lungs could be responsible for the infection. Not long ago, scientists in Italy have found the virus multiplying in the lungs of a patient recovering from infection, proving that such organs have bigger role in the infection. This will also allow scientist to further understand the infection and how it is transmitted.

The Ebola virus causes hemorrhagic fever in humans and other primates. Some victims experience symptoms like extreme fever, vomiting, and diarrhea. It can result to death. During the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, 2 in 5 people who contracted the virus died.

During the Ebola outbreak, health specialists around the globe revealed that Ebola virus might cause lung damage and other  problems that harms the human body by replicating itself inside lung tissue. But no direct evidence of this replication was ever found.

Towards treatment and recovery against the Ebola virus, medical researchers targeted the viral RNA fragments responsible for EBOV replication in both the lungs and blood of the sick patient. They realized that after recovery, these RNA fragments remained in the lungs of the patient five days after it is eliminated from the blood. (Annoymous, Ebola Can Hide Out and Replicate In Your Lungs, 2017)

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Source: Annoymous. (2017). Ebola Can Hide Out and Replicate In Your Lungs. Retrieved from http://motherboard.vice.com/en_ca/read/ebola-can-hide-out-and-replicate-in-your-lungs

 

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