Ebola outbreak: The gruesome symptoms of Ebola you won’t know about

Ebola outbreak: The gruesome symptoms of Ebola you won’t know about

Ebola virus disease, known as Ebola, spread around central Africa in 2014, claiming the lives of thousands. Health officials on the continent, specifically around the DRC, have kept the disease restricted to central Africa with little spread into Europe or Asia. Workers were also successful in preventing spread throughout other African countries, with limited spillover into neighbouring regions such as Rwanda. The current outbreak is the second-largest in history, and more than 2,500 people have seen infection since 2018.

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO director-general, said it was time to “redouble” efforts against the virus.

He said: “It is time for the world to take notice and redouble our efforts.

“We need to work together in solidarity with the DRC to end this outbreak and build a better health system.

“Extraordinary work has been done for almost a year under the most difficult circumstances.

“We all owe it to these responders – coming from not just WHO but also government, partners and communities – to shoulder more of the burden.”

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What are the symptoms of Ebola?

Ebola symptoms appear anywhere from two to 21 days after it enters the system, with an average of eight to 10 days.

The virus shares initial symptoms with other diseases, such as the cold or flu, but much more severe.

Ebola is a dangerous disease, and 50 percent of people who contract the virus die.

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These are the symptoms of Ebola according to the NHS:

– High temperature (fever)

– Headache

– Joint and muscle pain

– Sore throat

– Severe muscle weakness

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Towards the end of an infection, some people will experience diarrhoea, vomiting and stomach pain, a rash and reduced liver function.

In some cases, Ebola patients are also subject to internal and external bleeding.

People with the disease may find they start to bleed from needle puncture sites and mucous membranes.

In advanced cases, patients could bleed from the whites of their eyes, the skin and their gastrointestinal tract.

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