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The Ebola Virus Disease

The Ebola virus is a human disease. It will typically take anywhere from two days or three weeks to show symptoms after contracting the virus. Common symptoms include sore throat, pain in the muscles, high fever and/or aching head. Other symptoms such as diarrhea, nausea and vomiting come along with this disease and will often show decreased liver and kidney function. Internal bleeding also occurs.

How do you get the Ebola virus? Well, Ebola is transferred through blood or body fluids through a host. Fruit bats and/or monkeys have been noted as common hosts of the Ebola virus. This disease spreads through humans quickly since we are not immune to the virus, like a fruit bat. To test that a human has conducted the Ebola virus, blood samples are taken.

There is no known treatment for the Ebola disease. The only real treatments include keeping the affected person in quarantined area to help not spread the virus and to give the infected person a lot of re-hydration therapy. Because the Ebola disease has a 50% – 90% mortality rate of the infected person, it doesn't leave a lot of hope.

Ebola was first found in the Congo around 1976 and is typically found in tropical areas of Africa. The West Africa Ebola outbreak in 2014 is the largest outbreak as of now.

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