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Viruses 2015, 7(2), 511-521;

Understanding Ebola Virus Transmission

Laboratory of Virology, Division of Intramural Research, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health, Hamilton, MT 59840, USA
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Academic Editor: Jens H. Kuhn
Received: 7 December 2014 / Revised: 21 January 2015 / Accepted: 29 January 2015 / Published: 3 February 2015
(This article belongs to the Collection Advances in Ebolavirus, Marburgvirus, and Cuevavirus Research)
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An unprecedented number of Ebola virus infections among healthcare workers and patients have raised questions about our understanding of Ebola virus transmission. Here, we explore different routes of Ebola virus transmission between people, summarizing the known epidemiological and experimental data. From this data, we expose important gaps in Ebola virus research pertinent to outbreak situations. We further propose experiments and methods of data collection that will enable scientists to fill these voids in our knowledge about the transmission of Ebola virus. View Full-Text
Keywords: Ebola virus; transmission; epidemiology; experiments; airborne; fomite; droplet; environmental stability; BSL-4; filovirus Ebola virus; transmission; epidemiology; experiments; airborne; fomite; droplet; environmental stability; BSL-4; filovirus

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Judson, S.; Prescott, J.; Munster, V. Understanding Ebola Virus Transmission. Viruses 2015, 7, 511-521.

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