Ebola Virus Disease

By: Camryn Wiggins

What causes Ebola?

Ebola is caused by an encounter with an Ebola virus strain.

How is this disease transmitted?

Ebola is transmitted by coming in contact with body fluids such as blood, vomit, mucus, saliva of a person who has Ebola.

What are the symptoms of the disease?

The symptoms of early signs of Ebola can include things like weakness, chills, severe headaches, fever, and joint and muscle pains. The symptoms get worse over time you have it and they can get stomach pain, vomiting, diarrhea, also internal bleeding.

How is this disease treated?

They haven't really found vaccines or haven't been fully tested to see if it is effective and safe. Early signs of having Ebola to improve your chances of living you can give intravenous fluids(IV) and making sure you are balancing electrolytes (body salts) and also making sure you are keeping up with your blood pressure and oxygen status.

How to prevent getting this disease.

To prevent getting Ebola you should make sure you don't come in contact with infected people and their body fluids. Also, try not to come in contact with wild animals because they also can be carrying this disease.

Interesting facts about Ebola.


  • In 1976 was the first Ebola outbreak.
  • This virus got it's name from the Ebola River which, was where they found the virus.
  • Scientists think the reason for Ebola is fruit bats.

Quotes

“It is the world’s first Ebola epidemic, and it’s spiraling out of control. It’s bad now, and it’s going to get worse in the very near future. There is still a window of opportunity to tamp it down, but that window is closing. We really have to act now.” -Dr. Tom Frieden
Ebola virus: What is it? We explain in 60 seconds - BBC News