Ebola hemorrhagic fever is a serious -- often fatal -- illness caused by infection with the Ebola virus. The virus was first recognized in 1976, and has since caused sporadic outbreaks.
There has never been a human case of Ebola reported in the United States. Confirmed cases have been reported in places like:
- The Ivory Coast
Symptoms tend to start abruptly. Some of the most common ones include:
Because there is no cure for Ebola other than time, treatment consists of relieving symptoms while the body fights the infection. Ebola is fatal in 50 percent to 90 percent of cases.
(For more in-depth information on this condition, including the different subtypes, click Ebola.)