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Video: What exactly is the Ebola virus?

This video shows how the infection takes hold.

Source: AFP news agency/YouTube

THE OUTBREAK OF the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa continues to spread with over 1,000 confirmed cases and deaths approaching 700.

Ebola is one of the most dangerous known viruses with 90% of those infected dying from it.

There is no cure or vaccine and health officials worldwide are being told to be vigilant after a man died after travelling on a number of flights in Africa.

People with the virus are not contagious unless they are displaying symptoms and transmission is possible through contact with blood, body fluids or tissue of an infected person.

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Airborne transmission is also possible according to researchers.

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