How does it look?

It is known that viruses are non-living so they cannot be prokaryotes or eukaryotes. The Zaire ebolavirus is approximately 970nm long and 80nm in diameter, it is a filamentous single-stranded RNA. It has a helical capsid surrounded inside the membrane and is a single-celled organism. They have a tubular, circular, and rod-shaped features. Zaire ebolavirus belongs to the family Filoverdae; they contain virions with outer surfaces that comprise of globular spikes derived from glycoproteins. The glycoproteins help in attachment and entering the host cell. Something interesting about the virus is that it cannot be spread through water or air. 

This video gives a great description of this virus. Embed: <iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”” frameborder=”0″ allow=”autoplay; encrypted-media” allowfullscreen></iframe> 


A closer look: 



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  2. Baidya, Sankalan. (2015, January 20). 30 Interesting Ebola Facts. Accessed April 05, 2018               

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