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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Ebola Virus (Overview)

Ebola Virus causes Ebola hemorrhagic fever, a viral disease that causes bleeding and shock in patients.


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What is Ebola virus disease?

What is Ebola virus disease?

Ebola virus: A recently discovered viral illness from West Africa. Early symptoms 2-21 days after infection-sudden onset of fever, weakness, muscle pain, headaches and sore throat. Some patientsdevelop rash, red eyes, hiccups, chest pains and difficulty breathing and swallowing. It may progress to vomiting, diarrhea, impaired kidney and liver function and sometimes internal and external hemorrhaging & death. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Ebola Virus (Overview)

Ebola Virus causes Ebola hemorrhagic fever, a viral disease that causes bleeding and shock in patients.


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How would someone know if they had the ebola virus?

How would someone know if they had the ebola virus?

Geography: You would have to have taken a trip to one of the countries in Central Africa which has the disease in active form. You would need direct exposure to a victim or the remains of a victim. The early symptoms are profound ill feeling, severe headache and weakness. Fever develops and hemorrhage is common. You will quickly lose consiousness. ...Read more

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Can anyone tell me about Ebola virus disease and how to prevent it?

Can anyone tell me about Ebola virus disease
and how to prevent it?

Ebola: Ebola virus disease (EVD) or Ebola hemorrhagic fever (EHF) is the human disease caused by the Ebola virus. Symptoms typically start two days to three weeks after contracting the virus, with a fever, sore throat, muscle pains, and headaches. Typically nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea follow, along with decreased functioning of the liver and kidneys. At this point, some people begin to have bleeding problems.[1] The virus may be acquired upon contact with blood or bodily fluids of an infected animal (commonly monkeys or fruit bats).[1] Spread through the air has not been documented in the natural environment.[2] Fruit bats are believed to carry and spread the virus without being affected. Once human infection occurs, the disease may spread between people as well. Male survivors may be able to transmit the disease via semen for nearly two months. In order to make the diagnosis, typically other diseases with similar symptoms such as malaria, cholera and other viral hemorrhagic fevers are first excluded. To confirm the diagnosis blood samples are tested for viral antibodies, viral RNA, or the virus itself.[1] Prevention includes decreasing the spread of disease from infected monkeys and pigs to humans. This may be done by checking such animals for infection and killing and properly disposing of the bodies if the disease is discovered. Properly cooking meat and wearing protective clothing when handling meat may also be helpful, as are wearing protective clothing and washing hands when around a person with the disease. Samples of bodily fluids and tissues from people with the disease should be handled with special caution.[1] ...Read more

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I heard that ebola virus is the crazy or very strong virus , is it true ? And what is the classification and the symptoms of ebola

I heard that ebola virus is the crazy or very strong virus , is it true ? 
And what is the classification and the symptoms of ebola

Death Rate is high: from 3 strains: Zaire, Sudan & Bundibugyo.Ebola virus (EV) is in the Filoviridae family. The 2014 West African Ebola outbreak is the Zaire species. The most viruent of the five strains is Zaire. Zaire EV had 88% death rate when discovered in 1976. Early sx's: high fever, chills, sore throat, weakness, fatigue, malaise, headache, lack of appetite,low back pain & muscular /joint aching. Sx's may > ...Read more

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What exactly does ebola do?

What exactly does ebola do?

What Ebola does--: According to CDC, incubation period is 2 to 21 days with average of 8 to 10 days. Early sx's: high fever, chills, sore throat, weakness, fatigue, malaise, headache, lack of appetite,low back pain & muscular /joint aching. Sx's may progress to nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea (potentially bloody), marked weight loss, chest pain, coughing, hemorrhagic rash over the body, bruising, red + ...Read more

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Is there any cure or treatment for ebola?

No Cure.: Currently there is not a cure for Ebola virus. The patient may be hospitalized, placed in isolation & provided intensive care measures such as: oxygen, medication to maintain blood pressure, blood transfusions (platelets or fresh blood), intravenous fluids & electrolytes & treatment of co-existing infections. Zmapp is a biopharmacuetical drug that is being used experimentally for Ebola. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of having an ebola virus?

Sudden ones: In ebola virus signs and symptoms typically begin abruptly within five to 10 days of infection. Early signs and symptoms include fever severe headache joint and muscle aches chills sore throat weakness over time, symptoms become increasingly severe and may include: nausea and vomiting diarrhea red eyes raised rash chest pain and cough stomach pain severe weight loss bleeding ...Read more

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What exactly is the source of the ebola?

Not exactly clear.: One theory is that bats are the reservoir for Ebola. Partially eaten fruit dropped by bats may be eaten by Diuker antelopes, monkeys, apes or other mammals. Eating or handling bush meat from these animals can transmit the disease to humans. Dogs eating human carcasses or small mammals that are contaminated may also contribute to the spread. This critical issue is being studied . ...Read more

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How likely is it that Ebola will spread in the United States?

How likely is it that Ebola will spread in the United States?

Unlikely: We may see an imported case that sneaks through surveillance but that is unlikely. And while infection control practice and quarantine in the US is pretty good, you can bet the CDC and public health authorities will make sure it is picture perfect if such a case is detected. Any spread will be immediately limited. Health Care Reform will likely be blamed for any breach . ...Read more

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Virus (Definition)

A virus is a small infectious agent that can replicate only inside the living cells of an organism. Viruses can infect all types of organisms, from animals and plants ...Read more