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April 2015

A Quick Review of the Cutaneous Findings of the Deadly Scourge Ebola Virus

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Florida
JAMA Dermatol. 2015;151(4):400. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2014.4505

Ebola virus, a hemorrhagic fever virus belonging to the family Filoviridae, is one of the newest and most deadly pathogens. Ebola was first identified in Africa in 1976 and has a mortality rates approaching 90%.1 The virus has had sporadic outbreaks since then; however, one of the biggest epidemics of Ebola started in 2013 and has once again stricken Africa. It has engulfed multiple nations and crossed the Atlantic, leading to the first case of Ebola in the United States. Thus, it is important to review the cutaneous findings of Ebola because they can provide diagnostic pointers during early outbreaks.2

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