The Ebola virus consists of a single-stranded, RNA virus of the Filoviridae family and is responsible for Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever. Ebola HF was first detected around September of 1976 in Sudan and the former Zaïre (now Democratic Republic of the Congo). As of September 2010, some 1850 cases with more than 1200 fatalities are attributed to this violent virus, which attacks organs of the bodies of both humans and primates. The exact origin of Ebola has not been ascertained, though at present suspicions rest on the fruit bat. A cure has not yet been found. Let Bright Hub contributors keep you informed of the latest developments and discoveries concerning the dreaded Ebola virus and the search for a cure.