In the past few weeks, we’ve been hearing a lot about the Ebola virus spreading and taking the lives of many. An interesting thing to note is that Ebola behaves differently than a typical virus.
A virus is “a very small thing” that invades your body and infects cells. Once it’s in your body, your immune system detects something that’s not supposed to be there and prepares for battle by calling the helper cells, T-cells and B-cells. Check out this video that explains how the immune system works.
The folks at Kurzgesagt have created this awesome animation explaining how the Ebola virus is different.
The Ebola virus is a sneaky one. It first attacks the brains of the immune system (the dendritic cells), takes over the cell and reprograms it to create an Ebola virus making factory. The infected dendritic cell is a mole that gives false orders to the rest of the immune system wreaking havoc as the Ebola virus multiplies.
Source: Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell