Ebola Virus Symptoms
For people infected with the Ebola virus, symptoms may include fever, vomiting, dry cough, and stomach pain. These typically begin four to six days after infection. Other symptoms can include a rash, hiccups, red eyes, and internal and external bleeding.
After a person becomes infected with the Ebola virus, it begins to multiply within the body. On average, Ebola virus symptoms begin four to six days after infection. The period between infection 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 the Ebola virus usually begin quickly. Common ones include:
- Sore throat
- Dry, hacking cough
- Severe headache
- Joint and muscle aches
- Stomach pain
A rash, hiccups, red eyes, and internal and external bleeding may be seen in some people. On dark skin, the rash is often not recognized until it begins to peel.
In pregnant women, common Ebola virus symptoms can include heavy vaginal bleeding and abortion (miscarriage).
Death usually occurs during the second week of symptoms, and an infected person typically dies from massive blood loss.