What are the dangers and symptoms of Ebola?


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Ebola is a very dangerous viral infection that can produce symptoms, such as fever and muscle pain. Other symptoms of Ebola include weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, headache and loss of appetite.

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What are the dangers and symptoms of Ebola?
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Ebola, also known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever, is an infection that affects humans and primates. The disease was first discovered in 1976 and is highly contagious, as it can be spread via bodily fluids or through contaminated objects. Due to its highly contagious nature, outbreaks can easily occur within medical settings or areas where people are unaware of the infection.

Symptoms of Ebola often come on suddenly within a week or two of a person being exposed. Some patients suffer more severe symptoms such as internal or external bleeding.

Unfortunately, as of 2014, early detection of the Ebola virus is difficult and the infection can easily spread since early symptoms may be attributed to less serious illnesses. Tissue samples can diagnose the infection, but the disease is often advanced before this is done.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there is not a proven, effective treatment for Ebola. A patient diagnosed with Ebola is often given fluids and oxygen to improve symptoms. If a person is suspected of having Ebola, it is vital to provide a medically isolated area to prevent exposing others.

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