Currently there is a severe outbreak in western Africa.

What is it?

The ebola virus is very contagious and effects the nervous, circulatory and digestive systems.

Signs and Symptoms

  • chills and fever

  • sore throat

  • severe headache

  • muscle pain

  • intense weakness

  • vomiting

  • diarrhea

  • skin rash

  • organ failure

  • internal and external bleeding

  • seizures

  • brain damage

  • loss of consciousness

  • death

  • having been with a person or around someone with ebola

Body System

  • nervous

  • circulatory

  • digestive

The Ebola virus affects the nervous, circulatory and digestive systems.

  • high fever

  • head and muscle ache

  • severe vomit and diarrhea

People who are sick from this virus have high fevers, head and muscle aches, severe vomiting and diarrhea.


  • bodily fluids

  • sneezing, vomit

  • 14 million cases

  • spread quickly through families

If you are around someone with Ebola and you get some bodily fluid, like sneezing or vomit, you can get it. Medical workers have gotten Ebola from trying to help people with it. There are 14 million cases. It can spread quickly through families.


  • people get symptoms 8-10 days after being with someone with Ebola

  • looks like different disease

  • use blood test
Ebola: The 2014 Outbreak Explained

Treatment for this disease/condition

  • isolation

  • fluids

  • oxygen

  • blood transfusion

If left untreated people can die from this disease. However, people can survive if treatment is started early.

Target Population

  • Western Africa

  • doesn’t matter male or female

  • any age

The target population is in Western Africa. It doesn’t matter if you are male or female and can infect any age.

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  • ½ people die

  • no vaccine yet
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I chose to study Ebola because it came up on News. I saw it on t.v. and I read an article on Newsela.