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Ebola Virus Infection

by Souti

ebolaEbola is very fatal and quite a rare virus, which resides on the outside as well as on the inside of the human body. As time goes this virus spreads all over our body & damages various organs as well as immune system. Finally, it encourages the dropping of the level of blood clotting cells, which leads to unmanageable bleeding. This ailment is also popular as Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever. According to experts, this is “one of the world’s most virulent diseases”.

History reveals that an outbreak of this said ailment first came from West Africa. It initiated with a few cases in Guinea during March, but rapidly spread to countries like Liberia, Leone & Sierra.

What is Ebola:

Ebola hemorrhagic fever also known as Ebola virus is a serious condition happening because of a virus from the Filoviridae family. According to popular belief, this virus came to the human population through infected animals, which were handled by humans. These animals are mostly monkeys or gorillas or fruit bats etc.

This virus gets transmitted by the direct contact with blood or even bodily fluids of the affected animals or human.

This deadly virus is named after the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Ebola River, where in 1976 one of the first outbreaks happened.

Symptoms are:

  1. Fever
  2. Muscle pain
  3. Weakness
  4. Headaches, etc.

The above symptoms can arise two to twenty one days after infection. Some experts also believe that patients can also complain about other symptoms like Chest pain,Red Eyes,Breathing trouble,Rashes,Hiccup etc.

Early symptoms include sudden onset of fever, weakness, muscle pain, headaches and a sore throat. These symptoms can appear two to 21 days after infection.

Some early symptoms may also lead to dysfunctional liver & kidney, external or internal bleeding, diarrhea, vomiting etc.

Treatment & Vaccine:

For this deadly ailment no licensed vaccine is available for use. Various vaccines are being tested in laboratories, but not a single vaccine is available for clinical use till date. The same can be said for treatments also. There is no specific treatment effective in tackling or curing this disease.

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