If you look at different studies of symptoms of people who are infected with EVD they vary almost as much as each individual person. The most common symptoms of Ebola mimic the flu.
Initial symptoms include:
- sore throat
- muscle pain and weakness
Additional symptoms include:
- nausea, vomiting and diarrhea
- hemorrhaging (bleeding from inside and outside the body)
Symptoms can be similar to Marburg, Typhoid or Malaria. Diagnosis can be difficult in a single case.
Some cases are able to recover however, there has been a 60- 90% chance of death once infected with this last outbreak. Symptoms usually show up in 2 to 21 days after exposure. Ebola is not infectious until the patient starts to show symptoms. If caught early, there is a greater chance of survival.
If you have any of the initial symptoms it is most likely the flu virus. You MUST have the initial symptoms AND have travelled to an affected country, or had contact with someone that has travelled to an infected country.
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