Ebola is a rare but deadly virus that causes fever, body aches, and diarrhea, and sometimes bleeding inside and outside the body.
As the virus spreads through the body, it damages the immune system and organs.
Ultimately, it causes levels of blood-clotting cells to drop.
This leads to severe, uncontrollable bleeding.
Is Ebola curable?
There is no cure or specific treatment for the Ebola virus disease that is currently approved for market, although various experimental treatments are being developed. As of August 2019, two experimental treatments known as REGN-EB3 and mAb-114 were found to be 90% effective.
How long does Ebola last?
It’s not completely known how long a person can continue to shed the virus once the acute infection has subsided. It’s likely that the recovery from Ebola varies as much as the incubation period of the virus, which can last anywhere between 2 to 21 days.
How did Ebola spread to humans?
The Ebola virus is transmitted among humans through close and direct physical contact with infected bodily fluids, the most infectious being blood, faeces and vomit. The Ebola virus can also be transmitted indirectly, by contact with previously contaminated surfaces and objects.
Why did Ebola not spread?
Ebola is not airborne. Airborne transmission means germs hang in the air after a person talks, coughs or sneezes. The germs in the air can cause disease long after the infected person has left a room, so direct contact is not needed for someone else to get sick. This is not the case with Ebola.