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Denver Health News
8/1/2014

Ebola Virus Disease Facts

Ebola virus disease (Ebola), first discovered in 1976, is a severe infectious disease that causes organ failure and death in humans. Outbreaks have occured in parts of Central and West Africa, near tropical rainforests.

The World Health Organization recently declared the current Ebola outbreak an international public Health emergency. This means that stopping the outbreak, and limiting the spread, will require cooperation and coordination from countries around the world, not just those affected or nearby. The declaration is not meant to suggest that other countries will see Ebola cases.

To date, almost all cases of Ebola have been isolated to three nations: Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. Denver Public Health and Denver Environmental Health remain confident there remains very little risk to the U.S. population. 

We encourage the public to become more familiar with Ebola facts by reading our online resources.

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