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how did the ebola virus start? how did it get into the u.s.?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
Ebola Virus: Ebola is a filovirus (Filoviridae). The genomic fossils of filoviruse family that impact mammals have likely existed tens of millions of years. Viruses mutate over time. The first recognized Ebola outbreak was in 1976. Some individuals who became infected by Ebola in Africa traveled to the US - there by leading to US cases.
Answered on Sep 13, 2018

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