This image was captured in Monrovia, Liberia’s capital city, during the 2014 West African Ebola hemorrhagic fever (Ebola HF) outbreak that affected not only Liberia, but Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Nigeria as well. In this particular view, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) staff member, Dr. Jordan Tappero, was being assisted by a member of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), or Doctors Without Borders in the application of his personal protective equipment (PPE) in preparation of entering the Ebola treatment unit (ETU), known as ELWA 3, which opened on August 17th. MSF operates the ELWA 3 ETU.
Ebola hemorrhagic fever (Ebola HF) is one of numerous Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers. It is a severe, often fatal disease in humans and nonhuman primates (such as monkeys, gorillas, and chimpanzees).
Ebola HF is caused by infection with a virus of the family Filoviridae, genus Ebolavirus. When infection occurs, symptoms usually begin abruptly. The first Ebolavirus species was discovered in 1976 in what is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo near the Ebola River. Since then, outbreaks have appeared sporadically. See the Flickr site link below, for additional imagery related to the 2014 Ebola viral outbreak.
|CDC – National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID); Division of High-Consequence Pathogens and Pathology (DHCPP); Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever|