No one knows exactly how Ebola is maintained as a reservoir
in the wild.
have occurred in Zaire, the Democratic Republic of Congo,
Gabon, Sudan, and Ivory Coast, affecting humans, monkeys,
The virus is spread by direct contact with blood, secretions,
or organs of those infected. Hospital workers in those countries
are at risk, but travelers have a relatively low risk.
Symptoms occur a few days after contamination with high fever,
sore throat, headache and muscle aches, stomach pains, diarrhea
day 5 an itchy pink rash spreads first on the face then the
rest of the body.
symptoms include a dry cough, red and irritable eyes and vomiting
blood and bloody diarrhea.
a week severe cases of bleeding may occur. It is survivable
and the individual factors that allow some to survive are
still poorly understood.
Blood test can confirm Ebola if suspected.
is no specific treatment although IV anti-viral may help.
should be noted that Ebola while flashy is very rare and many
more people die of measles and other diseases each day.
Ebola vaccine has been developed
Ebola Home Page http://www.geocities.com/CapeCanaveral/Lab/5738/level4.html
British Medical Journal http://bmj.bmjjournals.com/archive/6991e-2.htm