Read about a new, molecular view of the Ebola virus that could hold the key to countering this severe and often fatal disease.
There are five species of Ebola virus, named for the locations in which they were first recognized. Four of the five subtypes have caused disease in humans: Ebola-Zaire, Ebola-Sudan/Gulu, Ebola-Ivory Coast, and Ebola-Bundibugyo. The fifth, Ebola-Reston, has caused disease in nonhuman primates (gorillas, chimpanzees, and monkeys) but not in humans.
Last Updated May 14, 2010
Last Reviewed May 14, 2010