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dear doctors, i wcwant uto ask about the physical signs of the ebola virus before it spread. thank you?

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Dr. James Rochester
26 years experience Family Medicine
Much like flu: Fever, muscle aches, fatigue ....unfortunately much like many other illnesses. That is why it is so difficult to diagnose early unless you are thinking about it, looking for it and have the means to do the blood test needed to confirm it.
Answered on Oct 30, 2014
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Dr. David Lipkin
52 years experience Internal Medicine
See below: Patients with Ebola disease experience no symptoms until 2-21(usually 8-12)days after exposure. Symptoms begin abruptly with a Flu-like illness: high fever, headache, chills, pain in muscles of the trunk and low back. Cough and sore throat are often present. Gastrointestinal symptoms and, in some cases rash, develop several days later. The patient is not contagious until the start of symptoms.
Answered on Nov 11, 2014
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
Ebola Virus: An individual who is infected with the Ebola virus will not be able to transmit the virus until they manifest fever/ symptoms. Per CDC, incubation period is 2 to 21 days w average of 8 to 10 days.
Answered on Nov 11, 2014
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
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You are welcome. Take care.
Nov 2, 2014

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