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What is Ebola?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

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 occurs in up to 90% of people who are infected with Ebola. The illness occurs in sporadic outbreaks, always originating in equatorial Afria. The 2014 outbreak of Ebola has been by far the worst on record. 

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