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Ebola virus and Marburg virus are related viruses that cause hemorrhagic fevers-illnesses marked by severe bleeding, organ failure, and sometimes death. These viruses are native to Africa, where sporadic outbreaks have occurred for decades. Ebola and Marburg Viruses, Second Edition examines the nature and origins of these viruses, their transmission and treatment, and current vaccine research.
Deadly diseases affect everyone. Although not all cases are fatal, each disease causes a degree of harm and discomfort to those whom it afflicts and sometimes can have long-lasting consequences. Each book in the series Deadly Diseases and Epidemics takes the reader through all aspects of a disease-from its history and causes or method of infection to its treatment and prevention. The books provide a foundation for understanding the basics of microbiology, immunology, and epidemiology.
Table of Contents
Foreword David L Heymann 6
1 A Modern Plague 8
2 Marburg Virus Emerges 12
3 Ebola in Africa and Beyond 17
4 General Characteristics of the Viruses 35
5 Ecology of the Viruses 43
6 Methods of Detection and Treatment 58
7 Developing a Vaccine 66
8 Other Hemorrhagic Fevers 75
Further Resources 97