Ebola is an infectious and generally fatal disease marked by fever and severe internal bleeding. It spreads through contact with infected body fluids and is believed to originally come from West Africa.
According to Mayo Clinic , early signs include:
- Severe headache
- Joint and muscle aches
Overtime, the symptoms become more severe and include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Diarrhea (may be bloody)
- Red eyes
- Raised rash
- Chest pain and cough
- Stomach pain
- Severe weight loss
- Bleeding, usually from the eyes, and bruising (people near death may bleed from other orifices, such as ears, nose and rectum)
- Internal bleeding
According to International Business Times, the World Health Organization says there have been 9,936 Ebola cases. 4,877 people have actually died from it.
Infowars.com says Ebola may be easier to catch than people think. Obama says you can’t catch it just by sitting next to someone on the bus, but health officials treating people who had it wearing full protective gear caught it. However, “the most common way you can get Ebola is by touching the body fluids of someone who is sick or has died from it, like their sweat, saliva or blood, or through a contaminated item like a needle.” Said Obama. So just avoid those things.
Some people have survived this deadly disease. One of those people is Dr. Kent Brantly. Brantly, 33.According to NBC News, He was infected with Ebola while working in West Africa.
When he first started feeling sick, he had a low fever. Brantly thought he wasn’t going to make it and was going to die. He had trouble breathing and his body was shaking with violent shivers.
Brantly was offered an experimental treatment, Zmapp, which was never before tested on humans. NBC News says that “The drug is a combination of three engineered immune system compounds called monoclonal antibodies. Antibodies recognize and neutralize invaders. Monoclonal antibodies are designed to recognize one specific invader, in this case, Ebola.”
There’s no specific cure for Ebola, but doctors say that if people get early care, like saline solution and fever reducers, they are likely to recover.