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Latest Ebola News: Suspected Ebola case in Belgium

A person suspected to be infected with the Ebola virus was detected in Belgium Monday, media reported. She was immediately transferred to St. Peter's Hospital in Brussels for further tests, Belga news agency reported, and placed in quarantine.

According to Brussels Airport spokesman Muls Florence, the woman became ill while she was on a flight from Freetown, Sierra Leone. The plane landed in Brussels at around 4.30 a.m. and the airport staff immediately started the procedure that has been put in place to identify and deal with possible Ebola victims as they enter Belgian territory. (Read: Ebola facts frequently asked questions (FAQ))

What is the Ebola virus disease survival rate?

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The Ebola virus disease (EVD) is a severe clinical condition that has threatened the entire world. It is caused by a virus of Filoviridae family. Although 5 types of Ebola virus have been identified, only four have been found to cause the disease in humans. The virus spreads easily through close contact with bodily fluids (like semen, saliva, blood and sweat), skin or objects (like needles or garments) of an infected person.

This disease that is highly infectious kills more than 90% of the individuals being infected with the virus (which means that the mortality rate of the Ebola disease is 90%). Hence only 10% of the individuals being infected with the virus survive i.e., the survival rate of the Ebola infection is only 10%. Read more about What is the Ebola virus disease survival rate?

With inputs from IANS

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