What are early warning signs of Ebola?

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Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Data indicate that the early warning signs of Ebola are simply not feeling well, then developing a low-grade fever, then having nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea. The nurse who contracted Ebola in Dallas described her early symptoms as not feeling well before developing a fever. Pain is not an early symptom.  
Keith Roach, MD
Internal Medicine
Unfortunately, the early signs are very nonspecific: They can seem like a cold or a flu. There are going to be a lot of people with flu and colds that are worried, but they should keep in mind that their risk of getting Ebola is extremely low. When people get a flu shot, they can protect themselves from the flu -- and therefore the avoid worry that their flu symptoms are Ebola. 
Dr. Darria Long Gillespie, MD
Emergency Medicine
Fever is an early sign of Ebola. It may be low-grade, so if you are at risk of Ebola, the CDC advises that you check your temperature twice daily. Other early signs include fatigue, weakness, headache and muscle aches.

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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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