What are the worst symptoms of Ebola?

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Dr. Darria Long Gillespie, MD
Emergency Medicine
By the time patients with Ebola have significant symptoms, they are in the hospital. Vomiting, diarrhea and dehydration can be severe. Without early and excellent care, problems progress to bleeding and hemorrhage. If there is any chance you have been exposed to Ebola, particularly if you are a healthcare worker or have recently traveled to West Africa, pay close attention to your temperature and any signs you're not well.  
Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
When Ebola progresses, you get dehydrated because of vomiting and diarrhea. That can lead to what we call multi-system organ failure: your kidney, liver and other organs start to shut down. As a result, your body also stops producing blood-clotting factors, putting you at risk of serious bleeding from even minor traumas. This is why supportive care is so important, as it provides the necessary fluids to keep your organs functioning. 
Keith Roach, MD
Internal Medicine
Ebola is one of the deadliest disease known to man: Approximately 70% of people in Africa who have gotten Ebola have died. As Ebola progresses, fever gets higher, you can lose profound amounts of fluid due to vomiting and diarrhea and eventually develop something called a hemmhoragic fever, where you bleed out of many parts of your body.

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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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