This photograph was taken in the West African city of Freetown, Sierra Leone, and highlights the new Ebola isolation center, a week prior to its opening. This center would almost double the capacity for patient isolation that was currently available in the city. The image was captured during the 2014 Ebola hemorrhagic fever (Ebola HF) outbreak, which not only affected Sierra Leone, but northern Liberia, Guinea, and Nigeria as well. In this particular view, two empty patient beds can be seen located within the confines of one of the center’s isolation tents.
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/ Sally Ezra
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|CDC – National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID); Division of High-Consequence Pathogens and Pathology (DHCPP); Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever|
|Flickr – CDC Response to 2014 Ebola Outbreak in West Africa|