Fast Five Quiz: How Much Do You Really Know About Ebola Virus?

John W. King, MD

September 22, 2014

Unlike Asian-derived Ebola virus (ie, Reston ebolavirus, traced to a Philippine supplier of primates), African-derived species appear to be spread more often by direct contact than via the respiratory route. However, the Reston species has repeatedly been demonstrated to spread among nonhuman primates and possibly from primates to humans via the respiratory route. Fortunately, although the Reston species has been documented to be capable of infecting humans, it does not appear to be pathogenic to humans.

For more on the various Ebola virus species, read here.

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