By Nicole Day

What is Ebola?

Ebola's scientific name is Ebola Virus Disease. Ebola is an often deadly virus.There have been 24 outbreaks since 1976, primarly in Africa. Ebola was named after the Ebola River in 1967

How you get it

  • It can be transmitted by blood or bodily secretions from an infected person
  • contaminated needles and syringes
  • Can be transmitted mammals to humans
  • Fruit bats are the vector


  • Begins with worsening headache, fever, weakness, muscle/joint pain

  • Then chest pain, blood in vomit and diarrhea, open sores on the lips, sudden weight loss, bleeding from the eyes and nose, and blindness

  • Death in five or six days

People when infected

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There is no known cure or treatment but you can maintain your blood and blood pressure, use fluids and salts to treat dehydration.

How to prevent Ebola

  • Avoid going to places with Ebola infected people
  • Wash hands
  • Avoid places/things that are contaminated
  • Never touch bats or other primates
  • Go to the hospital if you get symptoms/ try to limit contact with other people
  • Make sure everything is clean!!!


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