What are symptoms of Ebola? Read our article to protect yourself!
The Ebola virus is one of few viruses in the world that cause hemorrhagic fever or fever accompanied by bleeding. Compared to most illnesses, Ebola hemorrhagic fever has a short history since it was discovered in 1976. There have been a few outbreaks, including the current "unprecedented epidemic" in Africa that is now abating.
First symptoms of Ebola infection may be mild, but as the virus replicates, symptoms become much more severe.
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What are early symptoms?
In its early stages, however, symptoms of Ebola are often mild and easily confused with other illnesses that cause fever. Therefore, it is important to know whether person who have suspicious symptoms contacted with somebody who has ebola infection or visited areas where the virus is spread.
Symptoms of Ebola usually begin anywhere between 2 and 21 days after exposure to the Ebola virus
The first symptoms of Ebola may be mild and nonspecific:
• Low fever
• Mild queasiness or feeling of being ill
It is not possible to determine the virus in early stages. However if the doctor suspects the ebola virus, the patient should be isolated. Also, the doctor can take the blood for the test.
What are advanced symptoms?
A person who has advanced symptoms of Ebola is highly infectious. The Ebola effects become much more severe and possibly fatal as the virus replicates in the person's body.
The advanced symptoms of Ebola infection are:
- Muscle aches
- High fever
- Bruising of the skin, indicating internal bleeding
- Abdominal pain
- Bleeding from the eyes, ears, gums, nose, rectum, and internal organs
- Organ failure (e.g., kidney, respiratory, or liver failure)
- Low blood pressure
At the worst stage of the illness, patients can lose 5 to 10 quarts of fluid a day through vomiting and diarrhea.
Remember that this virus is very dangerous.
The recorded death rates are very high, ranging from 50 to 90 percent. Those who die from Ebola, generally do so within one to two weeks of developing symptoms. Among those who survive, recovery can take about two to four weeks, and the virus can remain active in certain bodily fluids and tissues for months.
We wish you to take care of yourself and be healthy!
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