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CDC investigating Ebola outbreak

The CDC is investigating an Ebola outbreak.
The CDC is investigating an Ebola outbreak.
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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has sent a team to investigate an Ebola outbreak. There have been 122 reported case of the deadly infection. According to an April 2 report by FoxNews, the five-person CDC team went to Guinea over the week-end to investigate the Ebola outbreak.

Of the 122 reported cases, 80 people have died. One of the deaths associated with the Ebola outbreak includes the Ministry of Health of Guinea.

The government of Guinea and the World Health Organization (WHO) asked that the CDC investigate the Ebola outbreak. The CDC team will also go to Liberia. Liberia shares a border with Guinea. There have also be suspected cases of Ebola in Sierra Leone. Those cases have yet to be confirmed.

Ebola is a highly contagious yet rare form of hemorrhagic fever. It is often deadly. It is possible that Ebola is transmitted from animals to people. There is a bat species in Guinea that carries other viruses and transmits them to people, but it is unknown if that is how Ebola is currently be spread in Guinea. It is known that Ebola is passed from person to person through bodily fluids.