Current Ebola is less dangerous than in 1976

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The current Ebola virus has a mortality rate of 50 percent | Photo: noticias.starmedia.com

A study recently published in the journal Emerging Infectious Disease shows that the current strain of Ebola virus offers no signs of being more dangerous than the one discovered in 1976.

Researchers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH, for its acronym in English) say the current sample of the virus, known as Makona, has less ability to “cause the disease” that strain 1976, called Mayinga.

According to the results of the latest study Ebola virus takes 48 hours to cause terminal damage to the body of a living being, compared to the first sample found more than 30 years ago.THE DATA
According to the study the Ebola virus, which has caused over 11 000 deaths in West Africa, has a mortality rate of 50 percent; while the 1976 virus had a 90 percent probability of being mortal.
“It seems reasonable to conclude that the virulence of the strain of West Africa (…) has not increased relative to other strains of the Ebola virus,” they said the specialists responsible for the experiments.

During the tests we observed the fastest onset of symptoms of the virus which dates from 1976 after application; while the first visible signs of Ebola strain with Makona were immediate.

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The first case of Ebola occurred in December 2013 in Guinea, but no one knew who had an outbreak until March 2014, and it became known that the virus had crossed the borders of Guinea and had expanded to Liberia and Sierra Leone.
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