What are the symptoms of Ebola?

Dr. Darria Long Gillespie, MD
Emergency Medicine
Ebola symptoms usually start with a fever and progress to headache, abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhea. In this video, I will detail the symptoms of Ebola, including when they can start.
Signs of Ebola include fever and symptoms such as severe headache, fatigue (feeling very tired), muscle pain, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal (stomach) pain, or unexplained hemorrhage (bleeding or bruising). 

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The symptoms of Ebola begin two days to a few weeks after a person has been exposed to the virus. Early symptoms of Ebola may include weakness, nausea, diarrhea, fever, and muscle aches. As the person becomes sicker with the virus, symptoms may worsen to include bleeding, especially from the eyes, mouth, nose, ears, and rectum. Other symptoms can include a purplish or bleeding rash, coma, and seizures.

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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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