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Symptoms of Ebola

Ebola Symptoms

Initially, Ebola can feel like the flu or other illnesses. individuals may begin to exhibit symptoms such as the sudden onset of fever, general weakness, muscle pain, chills, headaches and sore throat. The World Health Organization (WHO) states that such nonspecific early symptoms can be easily misdiagnosed as the signs of other life threatening diseases such as malaria, shigellosis, cholera, leptospirosis, rickettsiosis, relapsing fever, hepatitis, typhoid fever, meningitis, the plague or a number of other viral hemorrhagic fevers.

Symptoms show up 2 to 21 days after infection but the average is 8 to 10 days.

Symptoms usually include:

  • High fever - Greater than 101 deg. F
  • Severe Headache
  • Joint and muscle aches
  • Sore throat
  • Weakness
  • Stomach pain
  • Lack of appetite

As the disease gets worse, it causes bleeding inside the body, as well as from the eyes, ears, and nose. Some people will vomit or cough up blood, have bloody diarrhea, and get a rash.

Advanced Symptoms

  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Blood in the stool
  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Raised rash
  • Chest pain
  • Coughing
  • Stomach pain
  • Severe weight loss
  • Bruising
  • Bleeding from various orifices (usually from the eyes although advanced cases may exhibit bleeding from the ears, nose and rectum).
  • Internal bleeding
  • Impaired kidney function
  • Impaired liver function

Recovery from Ebola depends on the patient’s immune response. People who recover from Ebola infection develop antibodies that last for at least 10 years.

Sources:

www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/ebola-fever-virus-infection
www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/symptoms/
www.md-health.com/Early-Symptoms-of-Ebola-Virus-Disease.html
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