|Description:||This image captured in the West African country of Liberia, was created in 2014 during the Ebola hemorrhagic fever (Ebola HF) outbreak that affected the nations of Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Nigeria. Shown here, was a public service poster that had been produced on behalf of the President of the Republic of Liberia, Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and was created in order to disseminate an educational message that told viewers that washing their hands would help to protect them against the spread, and acquisition of the Ebola virus. The poster listed symptoms associated with Ebola HF, and protocols that if followed, would hamper viral spread. A number included at the bottom of the poster, directed viewers to make a phone call if they had any questions about Ebola HF.|
Ebola hemorrhagic fever (Ebola HF) is one of numerous Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers. It is a severe, often fatal disease in humans and nonhuman primates (such as monkeys, gorillas, and chimpanzees).
Ebola HF is caused by infection with a virus of the family Filoviridae, genus Ebolavirus. When infection occurs, symptoms usually begin abruptly. The first Ebolavirus species was discovered in 1976 in what is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo near the Ebola River. Since then, outbreaks have appeared sporadically. See the Flickr site link below, for additional imagery related to the 2014 Ebola viral outbreak.