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About four to six days after a person becomes infected with the Ebola virus, signs and symptoms will start to develop. Fever, stomach pain, vomiting, and a dry, hacking cough are common. Other indications include such things as a rash, red eyes, and internal and external bleeding.

What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Ebola?

When a person becomes infected with Ebola virus, it begins to multiply within the body. After four to six days, on average, signs and symptoms develop. 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.

Common Ebola Symptoms and Signs

Signs and symptoms of Ebola usually appear abruptly. Common ones include:
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 signs.
Death usually occurs during the second week of symptoms. Death in Ebola victims is usually due to massive blood loss.
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