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How do other illnesses affect Ebola?

Ebola may be more severe in people with pre-existing illnesses, especially those who bleed easily or are immune suppressed. The virus is so often fatal because it is able to survive attacks from the infected person's immune system. In addition, the virus can cause damage to the liver and kidneys, so people who have existing liver or kidney disease may be more severely affected.

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