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EBOLA HEMORRHAGIC FEVER Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever (Ebola HF) is a harsh, and deadly Viral Hemorrhagic virus found in primates including humans. The actual source of Ebola is unknown but some scientists say it is from a type of fruit bats. Currently there is an outbreak of Ebola in Liberia, and the virus is recently spreading through West Africa. There is no vaccine, so far, to make people immune to the Ebola virus, but it is being worked on. If some procedures are thoroughly followed, the spread of the virus can be discontinued and then prevented. The ultimate source of the outbreak of Ebola has not been proven, although several scientists say that fruit bats from the Pteropodidae family are the main host of the virus, but researchers have hypothesized that the first human victim becomes infected because of contact with an infected animal. From there, Ebola can be spread to other humans. Through mucous membranes or broken skin, direct contact with an infected person’s body fluids (urine, saliva, feces, sperm, and vomit), objects, like needles, which are contaminated with body fluids, and infected animals. The Ebola patients’ doctors, healthcare workers, and their family and friends are most likely to be the next victims whom the virus spreads to, since they may be in contact with the patients’ blood or body fluids. If there is no safety equipment used by healthcare workers, no cleaning of medical instruments, or is there is more contact of people with infected patients or animals, the outbreak will be sustained. There has been a recent outbreak of Ebola in Liberia that may lead to a risk of exposure from the virus for people who live in the United States or Europe. Several healthcare workers are being infected by the Ebola virus and three have come to the United States for treatment. Dr. Brantly and Dr. Writebol are two healthcare workers who were infected with the virus in Liberia and were transported to Atlanta, Georgia in the United States. In Emory University Hospital