Is Ebola from Africa?
Ebola virus disease is a deadly disease that affects mostly people and non-human primates such as monkeys and chimpanzees, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) explains. Symptoms include fever, diarrhoea, body aches and “unexplained bleeding”.
According to the World Health Organization, Ebola was first discovered in 1976 in Africa. One of the outbreaks happened in a village in what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo, near the Ebola River, which is where the disease gets its name.
Scientists suspect that African fruit bats are involved in the spread of Ebola.
Since its discovery, most of the countries where Ebola cases and outbreaks have occurred have been in Africa.