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How is Ebola diagnosed?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner
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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