General Information: Ebola Virus and Symptoms

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Ebola is a rare but deadly virus that causes bleeding inside and outside the body.

As the virus spreads through the body, it damages the immune system and organs. Ultimately, it causes levels of blood-clotting cells to drop. This leads to severe, uncontrollable bleeding.
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How Do You Get Ebola?

Ebola isn’t as contagious as more common viruses like colds, influenza, or measles. It spreads to people by contact with the skin or bodily fluids of an infected animal, like a monkey, chimp, or fruit bat. Then it moves from person to person the same way. Those who care for a sick person or bury someone who has died from the disease often get it.
Other ways to get Ebola include touching contaminated needles or surfaces.
You can’t get Ebola from air, water, or food. A person who has Ebola but has no symptoms can’t spread the disease, either.

What Are the Symptoms of Ebola?

Early on, Ebola can feel like the flu or other illnesses. Symptoms show up 2 to 21 days after infection and usually include:
  • High fever
  • Headache
  • Joint and muscle aches
  • Sore throat
  • Weakness
  • Stomach pain
  • Lack of appetite
More:http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/ebola-fever-virus-infection

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Media Coverage:
http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs103/en/
www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/
http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/symptoms/
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/aug/05/ebola-worrying-disease
http://www.smh.com.au/comment/ebola-virus-spreads-while-governments-sleep-on-the-job-20140825-105czk.html
http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/aug/24/briton-with-ebola-flown-home-sierra-leone

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