Ebola Virus Symptoms

What Are the Symptoms of Ebola Virus?

Symptoms of Ebola Virus.

For such a nasty, often deadly, disease the initial Ebola virus symptoms usually start out mild. One of the early symptoms is usually an elevated temperature. The number 101.5 was initially given by the CDC as a danger point. It was then lowered to 100.4 with the caution that some infected with Ebola virus may not show a fever at all.

Ebola Virus Symptoms
Ebola Virus Symptoms

Early signs and symptoms typically begin abruptly within five to 10 days of infection with Ebola virus. Early signs and symptoms include:

Severe headache
Joint and muscle aches

Over time, symptoms become increasingly severe and may include:
Nausea and vomiting.
Diarrhea (may be bloody)
Red eyes.
Raised rash.
Chest pain and cough.
Stomach pain.
Severe weight loss.
Bleeding, usually from the eyes, and bruising (people near death may bleed from other orifices, such as ears, nose and rectum).
Internal bleeding.

As the disease progresses the virus multiplies. A person near death, or a person killed by the virus, has bodily fluids full of the Ebola virus. Health workers caring for seriously ill Ebola patients or people handling the bodies of those killed by the virus are at the most risk of infection.

Many of the early signs are similar to that of the flu. With flu season approaching doctor offices and hospital ERs are likely to be flooded with anxious patients.

For the typical American if you experience any of the above symptoms you probably have a cold or the flu. If you’ve recently returned from West Africa or been in close contact with someone infected with Ebola you should immediately seek medical help. You may not be infected with Ebola, but you want to be sure.

Thanks to Mayo Clinic for the list of symptoms. Mayo Clinic Eloba Symptoms

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