Pronounced: ee-BOWL-uh him-er-AH-gic FEE-ver
Ebola hemorrhagic fever is a severe viral disease. It is often fatal. It can occur in humans and animals.
It is caused by the Ebola virus. Humans can get the virus through contact with infected animals, humans, or needles.
The following factors increase your chances of developing Ebola hemorrhagic fever:
If you experience any of these do not assume it is due to Ebola. These symptoms may be caused by other, less serious health conditions. Symptoms of Ebola may include:
Your doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history. A physical exam will be done. If you may have been exposed to the virus and have symptoms and to the virus, your doctor will notify health officials. This will include the local health department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
You will be isolated to prevent the spread of the disease.
Tests may include the following:
There is no cure. Your treatment will include therapy for symptoms you are experiencing. This may include:
To help reduce your chances of getting Ebola hemorrhagic fever, take the following steps:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
World Health Organization
Public Health Agency of Canada
Ebola hemorrhagic fever. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvrd/spb/mnpages/dispages/ebola.htm . Accessed September 25, 2006.
Last reviewed January 2009 by David L. Horn, MD, FACP
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