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The Ebola virus first appeared during two 1976 outbreaks in Africa.
Ebola gets its name from the Ebola River, which is near one of the villages in the Democratic Republic of Congo where the disease first appeared.
Outbreak: the current ebola virus outbreak has sickened more than 1700 people and killed more than 900 this year.
Looks a lot like other diseases: the early symptoms of an Ebola infection include fever, headache, muscle aches and sore throat. It can be difficult to distinguish between Ebola and the symptoms of malaria, typhoid fever or cholera. Only in later stages do people with Ebola begin bleeding both internally and externally, often through the nose and ears.
Vaccine and cure: Ebola has no proven cures and there is no vaccine to prevent infection, so treatment focuses on alleviating symptoms such as fever, vomiting and diarrhoea — all of which can contribute to severe dehydration.
THIS CAN BE STOPPED
Transmitted through direct contact with bodily fluids – could be stopped
Not a mysterious disease. It is an infectious disease that can be contained.
When identified it should be immediately isolated and treated and kept in isolation for 30 days. Based on scientific studies, people who have infection can shed virus for up to 30 days.
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