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Ebola Signs and Symptoms

Symptoms:

  • Fever (greater than 38.6°C or 101.5°F)
  • Severe headache
  • Muscle pain
  • Weakness
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal (stomach) pain
  • Unexplained hemorrhage (bleeding or bruising)

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, symptoms may appear anywhere from 2 to 21 days after exposure to Ebola, but the average is 8 to 10 days. Recovery from Ebola depends on good supportive clinical care and the patient’s immune response. People who recover from Ebola infection develop antibodies that last for at least 10 years.

Flu season typically runs through October through March and many people experience high fever or vomiting when they are ill. However, because Ebola is only spread by directly touching an infected person or animals’ skin, blood or bodily fluids, if you have not come into contact with someone with Ebola, you are more than likely experiencing the flu or a similar-like virus.

Visit www.cdc.gov for more information.