Definition of Ebola fever in English:

Ebola fever

Line breaks: Ebola fever
Pronunciation: /iːˈbəʊlə
 
, əˈbəʊlə
 
/

noun

[mass noun]
  • An infectious and generally fatal disease marked by fever and severe internal bleeding, spread through contact with infected body fluids by a filovirus ( Ebola virus), whose normal host species is unknown.
    More example sentences
    • A severe haemorrhagic fever akin to Ebola, the Marburg virus spreads on contact with body fluids such as blood, urine, excrement, vomit and saliva.
    • And the most devastating infection in the world is not Ebola or Lyme disease, West Nile virus or even HIV, but tuberculosis.
    • Then came Herpes simplex, Hepatitis B and C, HIV, Ebola, West Nile virus, and others.

Origin

1976: named after a river in the Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire), near which the disease was first observed.

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