Sign and Symptoms of the Ebola Virus
Now that the Ebola virus has entered the United States with the first patient diagnosed in North Dallas, Texas, and ten other individuals are being quarantined are deemed high risk after coming in contact with the virus. The United States is now waiting on pins and needles for the results of lab work to see if those quarantined, or any Americans he came in contact with will test positive for the Ebola virus.
In this hub, I will not name the individual who brought the Ebola virus to the United States. Even though this man intentionally lied on a health screen before he departed for the United States, that he did not come into contact with a person with the Ebola virus, or touched a dead body, I have always been trained never to name a patient. It should be noted that this person, if he were to survive the illness, will face severe criminal charges for bringing the virus to the United States.
Symptoms of the Ebola Virus
- Severe nausea and vomiting
- Diarrhea or loose stool ( it may contain minute to excessive amount of blood)
- Red eyes
- Raised red (and bumpy) rash
- Severe chest pain and cough
- Abdominal pain
- Lack of appetite
- Body chills
- Body aches
- Severe weight loss without dieting
- Bleeding, usually from the eyes
- Bruising under the eyes
- When the patient is near death, he/she may bleed from the eyes, nose, ears, anus
- Fever greater than 101.5 degrees
- Soar throat
- Internal bleeding
- Difficulty breathing
- Difficulty swallowing
The incubation period of the Ebola virus ranges from 2-21 days, but most people develop symptoms around 9-10 days, but it varies from individual to individual. As of right now, the chances of a person surviving the Ebola virus is 50/50.
Once an individual has been contaminated with the Ebola virus, and the immune system has successfully survived the illness, that patient will have the antibodies to fight against being re-affected for 10-years. Also, it depends on the level of clinical care they receive when they are ill. If additional patients were to get the virus in the United States, they would have a better chance of surviving than a patient in a third world country, due to the advanced medical care they would receive.
Even though ten individuals were in direct contact with the first ebola patient in the United States, none in that group has displayed any symptoms of the ebola virus. As of this morning, October 3, 2014, there were news reports the CDC responded to a possible outbreak in Hawaii, Washington DC, and New Jersey; all individuals have been confirmed that they do not have the Ebola virus.
To conclude, the CDC made a good point, over 226,000 people are admitted to the hospital each year for the flu and pneumonia, and thousands of these die. This amount would far exceed the amount of deaths if a minimal pandemic were to occur in the United States.
You May Be Interested in Another One of My Articles "What to do If You Are Really Worried About Ebola"
What to do If You Are Really Worried About Ebola
- What to Do If You Are Really Worried About Ebola
As of right now, the sky is not falling in the United States. We are stocking-up and preparing if there ever to be a pandemic in the U.S. However, if you are really worried, here's what to do.