The Ebola virus has been an intense source of news and debate in recent months. Since the beginning of the 2014 outbreak in March when the CDC first issued it's statement on the disease in Guinea, Ebola has claimed over 4,500 lives and infected over 13,000.
The Ebola virus infects humans and other primates and is characterized by it's symptoms: fever, pain, vomiting, diarrhea, and a decline in function of the liver and kidneys. The disease is spread through direct contact with the bodily fluids of the infected, and kills 25 to 90% of patients.
More information about Ebola can be found online, or The Hot Zone tells true story of the Ebola virus and other hemorrhagic fevers.