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Ebola hemorrhagic fever (also known as Ebola) is a contagious illness that has been reported in several African countries, including Uganda, Gabon, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Caused by an infection with the Ebola virus, Ebola is often lethal in humans and nonhuman primates (such as monkeys and gorillas). Since 1970, there have been 18 confirmed outbreaks of Ebola. The illness has never been reported in humans in the United States. Symptoms of Ebola can appear as soon as 2 days, or as long as 21 days, after infection with the Ebola virus. Ebola symptoms can include vomiting; abdominal pain (or stomach pain); a dry, hacking cough; and a fever. There is currently no licensed Ebola vaccine for humans, and there is no Ebola treatment that will cure the infection once it begins.
Welcome to the Ebola Health Channel by eMedTV. Here you will find a collection of articles dedicated to this topic. We hope that you will find this channel to be a valuable resource on Ebola symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and more. Maybe you are a healthcare worker in an area that has seen previous Ebola outbreaks, and you're wondering what steps you can take to protect yourself from the disease. Or maybe you would like to learn about current areas of Ebola research. You will find the information you need here.
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