In cases of Ebola, symptoms typically begin within about four to six days of being infected. Common signs include such things as fever, sore throat, vomiting, and stomach pain. Death usually occurs during the second week of the illness, most often as a result of massive blood loss.
When a person becomes infected with Ebola virus, it begins to multiply within the body. After four to six days, on average, Ebola symptoms can begin. The period between infection with the virus and the start of symptoms is called the incubation period. For Ebola, this can be as short as 2 days or as long as 21 days.
Symptoms of Ebola often appear suddenly. Common ones can include:
- Sore throat
- Severe headache
- Joint and muscle aches
- Dry, hacking cough
- Stomach pain.
A rash, red eyes, hiccups, and internal and external bleeding may be seen in some people. When the rash develops on dark skin, it is often not recognized until the rash begins to peel.
In pregnant women, abortion (miscarriage) and heavy vaginal bleeding are common Ebola symptoms.
Death usually occurs during the second week of symptoms and is usually from massive blood loss.