Taxonomy: Order Mononegavirales; Family Filoviridae; Subfamily Filovirus
Morphology: Long filamentous shape; helical nucleocapsid; enveloped; 80 nm in diameter
Genome: ssRNA; monopartite; linear; negative sense; replication and assembly in cytoplasm;
Peon of the Ebola clan. In humans, only causes subclinical infection.
- Prefers endothelial cells via G-P targeting.. Enter cell stealthily through endocytosis, replicates in the cytoplasm, and nucleocapsids accumulate to form inclusion bodies. Can become aerosolized, as it escaped from Reston, VA Virus Penitentiary.
- Produces inapparent infection in humans; can be fatal in cynomolgus monkeys
- Onset of infection sudden; incapable of killing
- None available (nor necessary)
- Wear protective clothing; contain the area where virus present airtight and sealed
- None, a subclinical infection
Flip a coin. If "heads," virus mutates and becomes deadly like Ebola-Zaire. Opponent suffers hemorrhagic fever and dies. If "tails," virus does no harm and you incapacitate with neutralizing antibodies.
Looks are deceiving. Its not as lethal as you may think.