What is Ebola?

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Ebola or the Ebola virus is a virus in the family of hemorrhagic fever viruses. It was first discovered in Africa in the 1970s. Within the last year however, there's been the greatest outbreak in epidemic to date that's been known. The Ebola virus starts out with symptoms of a slight fever maybe feeling generally very unwell.

That progresses to body aches, headache, abdominal pain eventually vomiting and diarrhea and eventually in the most severe cases, hemorrhaging due to problems with bleeding and clotting. Without treatment Ebola is almost universally fatal but with good supportive care including IV fluids and other treatments, doctors and care givers are able to have a higher rate of success.