Ebola is less infectious than the common cold and the circumstances where you get infected require very close contact with a sufferer. The virus is transmitted via blood, body fluids, infected animals (fruit bats and primates) and contaminated medical equipment e.g needles.
Central and western Africa are the only two regions where ebola has been identified and present. North Kivu province in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo is in the grip of another Ebola outbreak. Reported in August 2018, the virus has claimed the lives of over 500 people.
Those in locations affected by ebola outbreaks have been administered with a vaccination.
Symptoms start to appear within 2 to 21 days of infection, usually around 8 to 10 days after exposure.
Infected persons may experience: high fever (over 101.5°F/38.6°C), headache, muscular pain, stomach pain, diarrhea, vomiting, fatigue, unexplained hemorrhaging and hematoma (bruising). Long-term complications with joints and vision can occur in some patients.
It's vital that if you feel unwell, seek medical assistance immediately as there is currently no cure available and ebola shares similar symptoms with other diseases found in Africa. Early detection and treatment will improve a patient's chance of surviving the disease. Medical treatment includes oxygen, hydration and pain management.
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