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Several short articles on the Ebola virus are provided on this Web page. The Ebola virus is highly contagious -- and it is often fatal in humans. For additional articles on the Ebola virus, please visit eMedTV's Ebola health channel.

What Is Ebola?

Ebola virus is a type of RNA virus that causes the disease known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever (also known as Ebola).

What Causes Ebola?

There is only one cause of Ebola: an infection with the Ebola virus. There are no other causes.
(Click Causes of Ebola to learn more, including how the virus is transmitted and the parts of the world where it is common.)

Symptoms of Ebola

Ebola signs and symptoms usually start abruptly and may include:
(Click Ebola Symptoms for more information.)

How Is Ebola Treated?

Treatment for Ebola involves supportive care, such as:
  • Intravenous (IV) fluids to maintain fluid and electrolyte levels (sodium, potassium, and chloride)
  • Oxygen and devices that help with breathing
  • Medications to control fever, help the blood clot, and maintain blood pressure
  • Antibiotics to prevent secondary infections.
(To learn more, click Ebola Treatment.)

Ebola Virus Articles

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