Mapping Ebola in the hobbyist zone…

One of the most important parts of an early understanding of the risks attached to an infectious disease outbreak is knowing where it is. Which country? What part of the Read More …

New Ebola virus disease case confirmed in a third DRC health zone

UPDATE #1 The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Ministry of Health (MOH) today announced that 1 of 2 suspected EVD cases in the Wangata Health Zone has tested positive for Read More …

SNAPDATE: Ebola virus numbers

Ebola virus disease (EVD) case numbers are very mobile at this stage. But working with what we have, we can see from the graph below that there has been a Read More …

Ebola numbers rise a little…

According to a new Situation Report from the World Health Organisation,[6] the case numbers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo outbreak are now…. Total suspected+probable+confirmed: 39 This includes: 2 Read More …

Early in an outbreak, everything is questions…

Nothing is clear during the early days of an outbreak of Ebola virus. Nothing is usually clear in the early days of an outbreak of any infectious disease. Numbers, the source of Read More …

Ebola virus: wild and domestic animals, plants and insects…

IMPORTED POST* Initial Ebola virus (EBOV) infection of humans is a rare zoonotic spillover event.  Hypsignathus monstrosus, Epomops franqueti and Myonycteris torquatebats, all fruit-eating megabats of the family Pteropodidae, are considered to be important reservoir hosts, Read More …

Zooming in on the latest Ebola virus disease (EVD) hotzone…

UPDATE #1., #2 The image to the side is freely available to download from here or from figshare (CC BT 4.0 license and a DOI) alongside with yesterday’s images gets us a little Read More …

Behind the naming of an ebolavirus…

What’s in an ebolavirus name? IMPORTED POST* Virus taxonomy is the classification of viruses into groups based on similarities. Today classification is supported by viral gene and genome sequence information. Read More …

Ebola virus disease outbreak in the DRC

UPDATE #1, #2 The World Health Organization has reported that the Democratic Republic of the Congo (f. Zaire) has declared a new outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD). The announcement follows laboratory Read More …