You Can Look, But You Better Not Touch
Transmission electron cryo-micrographs (cryo TEM)
Magnification: 80,000x [except the top, which is 6,000x]
The last image has a tomographic overlay.
Ebola is a deadly virus causing hemorrhagic fever in humans and higher primates. The resulting illness is between 40% and 90% fatal in humans, depending on the species of ebola involved.
The name is derived from the Ebola River in Zaire where it was first encountered by scientists.
Since Ebola was first described in 1976, there have been several epidemics of this disease. Hundreds of people have died because of Ebola induced hemorrhagic fever — mainly in Zaire, Sudan, Congo and Uganda. In addition, several fatalities have occurred because of accidents in laboratories working with the virus.
Currently five species are recognized in the ebolavirus genus:
Bundibugyo, Reston, Sudan, Taï Forest, and Zaire.
Images courtesy of Daniel Beniac (October 2012) (via FEI)