Ebola Facts – Top Things To Know

Ebola Facts

Chapter 1. There are five different species of the Ebola virus: Zaire, Bundibugyo, Sudan, Reston, Taï Forest

1) But only four have caused the disease in humans

 

Chapter 2. The incubation time (time from infection to onset of symptoms) is 2-21 days.

1) Patients are not contagious until they begin to show symptoms

 

Chapter 3. The first human outbreak occurred in 1976.

 

Chapter 4. Early care, re-hydration, and treatment of specific symptoms improve survival

1) There are no licensed Ebola vaccines

 

Chapter 5. The current outbreak is the largest since the virus was discovered

1) Ebola has never spread to this many countries before

2) Most affected countries: Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia

 

Chapter 6. Who is most at risk: Health workers, family members, or others in close contact with patients; mourners or others in direct contact with bodies

 

Chapter 7. Typical early symptoms: Sudden onset of fever, weakness, muscle pain, headache, and sore throat

 

Chapter 8. Later symptoms: vomiting, diarrhea, impaired organ function, internal bleeding, and external bleeding

 

Chapter 9. Ebola can survive for hours or day outside of the body depending on the environment

1) Chlorine, heat, and direct sunlight can kill the virus

 

Chapter 10. What facts do you know?

 

Author: Ebola Preparedness

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