What is Ebola Virus? (Definition)
Ebola (previously known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever) is a rare and deadly disease caused by infection with one of the Ebola virus species. Ebola can cause disease in humans and nonhuman primates (monkeys, gorillas, and chimpanzees). The Ebola virus causes an acute, serious illness which is often fatal if untreated. Ebola virus disease (EVD) is caused by one of the five strains of the Ebola virus.
According to the World Health Organization, humans are not infectious until they develop symptoms. First symptoms are the sudden onset of fever fatigue, muscle pain, headache and sore throat. This is followed by vomiting, diarrhoea, rash, symptoms of impaired kidney and liver function, and in some cases, both internal and external bleeding (e.g. oozing from the gums, blood in the stools). Laboratory findings include low white blood cell and platelet counts and elevated liver enzymes.
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