by Internet Medical Society
The death toll from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has now topped 900, according to the World Health Organization. It's the deadliest outbreak ever recorded. U.S. health officials are warning Americans not to travel to the th...: Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.
Amid fears that air travelers could spread Ebola to other countries, many are asking questions about the disease and how it is transmitted. Here's what you need to know about Ebola. The information comes from WHO and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
What is Ebola?
Ebola virus disease, sometimes known as EVD, is a highly infectious, usually fatal virus that leads to flu-like symptoms and severe internal bleeding.
Just how deadly is Ebola?
The survival rate is very low. Somewhere between 60 percent and 90 percent of the people who develop Ebola will die.
What are the symptoms of Ebola?
Ebola is often characterized by the sudden onset of flu-like symptoms including fever, intense weakness, muscle pain, headache and sore throat. These are followed by vomiting, diarrhea, rash, impaired kidney and liver function, and sometimes internal and external bleeding.