9 Symptoms of Ebola Virus

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Ebola is a particularly deadly virus that has caused outbreaks in Africa periodically, but has never spread beyond that continent until recently. First discovered in 1976 in Zaire (now called the Democratic Republic of The Congo), Ebola was named for the Ebola River, which is close to the area of the very first outbreak. The disease has a high mortality rate of between 25 and 90 percent, which varies according to strain, health of the patient and other factors. New drugs have been developed which have shown promise for the treatment of Ebola, but no vaccine or effective cure has yet been developed. The following symptoms, which may have a lot in common with far less serious infections like influenza, and normally show up between 2 and 21 days after exposure, will likely be present once Ebola has established itself in the body.

1. Fever

A fever of 101.5 F (38.6 C) is a very common symptom. Ebola may also be called Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever, a clear indicator of this symptom, which should always be a factor. Since fever by itself, can often result of numerous types of infections, other symptoms should be confirmed before an Ebola diagnosis is made.

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