|Electron micrograph of Ebola Zaire virus. This is the first photo ever taken,on 10/13/76 by Dr. F.A. Murphy, now at UC Davis, then at CDC. Via virology.net|
This study presents new findings that could impact the control strategies for future Ebola outbreaks. Right now we don't know how many people can harbor the Ebola virus after survival and if this individual is unique in this regard. However, this study shows the benefit that surveillance after an Ebola outbreak can have. If surveillance stops too early, a resurgent outbreak could be missed until it's widespread. Luckily in this case, health care authorities were able to contain the outbreak before it spread too far.