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Is Ebola serious?

Although Ebola is rare, the virus can be quite serious. Ebola is one of the deadliest types of hemorrhagic fevers, which are viral infections that cause severe bleeding. In people with Ebola, the virus makes blood vessels weak, which leads to the bleeding. A high fever also accompanies the illness. Death rates are high whenever there are outbreaks of Ebola; they can range from 25% to 90% of people who become infected with Ebola.

About half the people who get Ebola in this outbreak die. Researchers continue to study what impacts survival. Some basic interventions, when used early, can improve a patient's chances of survival, so people who seek care early may have a better chance of surviving.

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