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The disease's spread seemed to slow down for a while, but has picked up in recent weeks. An estimated 528 people have been infected, and 337 have died in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. While it's likely that many cases go uncounted, the Associated Press notes that previously, the largest reported death toll was in the Congo in 1976, when 280 people died. (The most widespread outbreak infected 425 people in Uganda in 2000, killing 224.)
Ebola is one of the deadliest viruses ever known, with the most fatal strains killing up to 90% of people infected. The current strain is killing about 60% of people infected, NBC News reports. There is currently no vaccine and no cure.
Ebola begins as fever, weakness, muscle pain, headache, and sore throat, but soon progresses to vomiting, diarrhea, rash, and impaired organ function. A large proportion of those infected also bleed profusely, both internally and externally. It's considered highly contagious, though it isn't transmitted through the air — instead it's spread by bodily fluids like blood and saliva which can be very hard to avoid when someone is bleeding heavily from every orifice.
originally posted by: Mamatus
When the Earth gets tired of people it has it's own defense mechanisms, Ebola is one of them. At least that is my far out whacky theory. Had that idea ever since seeing "The Happening".
Despite Ebola being transmitted solely through bodily fluids a mutation could make it airborne. If that happened and that little bug loses it's mind it could very well reduce the entire Earths population. I need to find The Last Ship, Quick!
(btw that was a reference to a new TV show about a virulent outbreak decimating the population).