How is Ebola diagnosed?

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Diagnosing Ebola in the early stages can be difficult, because the symptoms, such as fever and severe headaches, can be similar to many other conditions. However, if a person shows possible symptoms of Ebola and has recently been in contact with a person who has Ebola, or has recently been to an area where an outbreak is ongoing, such as west Africa, doctors may recommend that the person be put in isolation and receive certain tests. Blood samples may be taken and sent to a specialized laboratory to confirm the diagnosis. 

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Ebola

Ebola

Ebola virus disease is a severe, often fatal illness in humans. It is caused by a family of viruses that originate in central and west Africa. The disease is rare and occurs in sporadic outbreaks. Ebola is spread through direct co...

ntact with the bodily fluids of infected individuals or objects, such as needles or bedsheets, that have been contaminated with the virus. Your risk of contracting Ebola is very low unless you visit an area where it is widespread. There are no approved treatments for the disease, but some experimental treatments have shown promise. Vaccines are currently under development.
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