Note: I published this in the summer of 2014 and got a call from the NIH CAM division on Oct 27 2014 and emailed them my notes when they asked for them. - RJS, other authors published more on selenium and the virus after the 2014-2015 outbreak, most notable is Lipinski 2015)
Observations of the selenovirus EBOV family pertaining to the 2104 outbreak in West Africa
Filoviruses, which include HIV and Ebov encode for a human homologue of the lipid peroxidase protectant glutathione peroxidase ("GPx3") which is implicated in at least 18 places in the immune system.
To manufacture this requires the use of a selenium containing catalyst - selenocysteine. Thus the virus which also encodes for a very similar chemical to GPx3 strips the body of selenium. In HIV this takes a decade and explains AIDS. Ebola can do it in a day.
If you supplement with Se the virus and your immune system both have enough, you don't get sick in fact you don't even get the sniffles and the immune system kills it and you never knew you were sick. That is it acts like the Reston strain from the Philippines that is not harmful. Only the African selenium containing versions are highly pathogenic. This has to be what keeps the Baku people in Gabon alive.
We found this out because there's a tribe in Gabon, the Baku, that have a natural immunity to the disease because they live in the coastal forest and eat Gabon nuts, the African equivalent of the Brazil nut and these contain more selenium than any food known. This immunity has been known to science since the fist Ebola outbreak in 1976. By 2007 (Foster) we knew the virus out compete us for selenium which it encodes for and by 2015 we knew serum selenium prevents the virus from being able to penetrate the cellular membrane and bby this mechanism as well, Selenium is the magic bullet against not only Filoviruses such as Ebola and Marburg but all highly pathogenic viruses that have an envelope. (Lipinski 2015).
One Brazil nut a day will prevent Ebola. Two will cure it.