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Sign and Symptoms of the Ebola Virus

Updated on October 4, 2014
An image depicting the signs and symptoms of the Ebola virus.
An image depicting the signs and symptoms of the Ebola virus. | Source

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.

Regional quarantine stations in the United States for the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, depending on geographic location.
Regional quarantine stations in the United States for the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, depending on geographic location. | Source

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
  • Hiccups
  • Soar throat
  • Internal bleeding
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Difficulty swallowing

Microscopic image of the Ebola virus.
Microscopic image of the Ebola virus. | Source

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"

http://allirose.hubpages.com/hub/What-to-Do-If-You-Are-Really-Worried-About-Ebola

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      whonunuwho 3 years ago from United States

      This is a very informative aritcle and well done. There has been too little done in preparing the public for this devastating disease. I believe the nation has been wronged and that our entire health program needs to be revamped. whonu

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      Alli Rose Smith 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thank you Jo, that was very kind of you!

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 3 years ago

      This is such a great article! I wish I would of found this before the election! So many people are running scared and they are not getting the truth about the facts. And this has lead to panic and folks finger pointing. I shared, voted up This is an awesome and detailed write up!

      Thank you, stay safe and helathy! :-)

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      Miebakagh57 3 years ago

      Yes, the issue of ebolavirus is still a challenge for all, especially the medical profession. Why do doctors and health workers became the second index case of the ebolavirus from a clinical stand point? I have not heard a doctor treating a HIV/AID patient infected with AIDS. But why ebolavirus? Miebakagh57

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      Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

      I recently read of the death of Thomas Eric Duncan and the subsequent infections. The later has raised a number of question marks. I'm speechless over it.

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      Miebakagh Fiberesima 3 years ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      If the Ebolavirus has hit the United State via, Africa, it would soon affect The European Union.

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      stella vadakin 3 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

      Learned a lot from this hub we all needed this information. Thanks.

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      Gilbert Arevalo 3 years ago from Hacienda Heights, California

      You organized a very helpful hub on the symptoms and problems with EBOLA.

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      Alli Rose Smith 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      I'm glad it helped Scifi!

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      scifidimension 3 years ago from United States

      Thanks for letting us to be educated about this dreaded disease. It's very helpful

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      Ohla 3 years ago

      Thanks Alli Rose for this informative article. Knew Ebola was scary, but did not know this much details. Thanks!

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Thanks for posting the symptoms for readers to keep on file. I hope and pray the US can keep this contained.

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      Alli Rose Smith 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thank you Catherine, some news reports may have said Nigeria at first. Thank you for the comment.

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      Alli Rose Smith 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      The military is always the guinea pigs. I've been vaccinated against small pox, anthrax, and a host of other medications. If this turns into a global pandemic, yes I would.

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      Alli Rose Smith 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Jodah, you are quite right. The hospital now says that the error was made because a computer glitch, either way they dropped the ball. Our media is more focusing on him lying on his health questionnaires. I think that now all our hospitals will be more on the ball, and will hopefully never let this happen again. Thank you for the comment!

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      Sam Montana 3 years ago

      If they develop a vaccine today, would you take it, considering the chances of getting ebola really are quite low.

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      Alli Rose Smith 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thanks Arachnea, if he survives the illness he will face criminal charges and will be afforded the opportunity to respond to the charges and I would be interested to know why. I hope they do develop a vaccine, thanks for the comment!

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      Alli Rose Smith 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thanks Dr. Rangan!

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      Alli Rose Smith 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thanks Brie, I always enjoy your comments.

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      Alli Rose Smith 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      I agree ReviewsfromSandy, thanks for reading my hub and commenting, I appreciate it!

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      Alli Rose Smith 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thank you Elsie, I agree!

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      Catherine Giordano 3 years ago from Orlando Florida

      Thanks for the correction and the answer to my question. I'm not too worried about a epidemic in the U.S. but I am keeping a watchful eye.

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      Alli Rose Smith 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Catherine, he came from Liberia. People think he may have known he was infected, he did lie on the questionnaire and that can be proven by photos and eye witnesses, because he may have feared he would not revive medical treatment in Liberia. Both Liberia and the US will prosecute him if he survives.

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      Alli Rose Smith 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      It's scary, my daughter is scheduled to go spend Thanksgiving in Dallas with family. By then, the people who have it will be dead or better with its 21 day life cycle. If they have all the people quarantined, hopefully it will be over.

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      Alli Rose Smith 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      This is the largest outbreak of Ebola in human history. If it goes airborne, yes, it will turn into a severe global pandemic, that could be worst than small pox. At least we have a vaccine against small pox, and I have a lovely scar on the left arm to prove it. Saying that Ebola isn't something to worry about would be great words to put on your tombstone.

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      Sam Montana 3 years ago

      I find it rather odd that all of a sudden it is in the US and big news in the US. Ebola has been around for many decades and usually it goes back into the jungle as they say, or disappears. Now all of a sudden it is in the U.S. and a huge news story. EV-68 might be a bigger health concern.

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      shanmarie 3 years ago

      I'll admit that it is a bit creepy, considering I live in the DFW area. But it is good that there is not a wide spread panic.

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      Catherine Giordano 3 years ago from Orlando Florida

      I wasn't aware that the patient from Nigeria lied in order to come to the United States. He came to visit his finance. I would assume they had close contact. Sooner or later there is going to be an outbreak in Non-African countries. I am thinking about the flu epidemic of 1914. I hope we are not going to see something like that.

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      Michelle Lacroix Toro 3 years ago from United States

      Worth the read. Thank you.

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      Elsie Hagley 3 years ago from New Zealand

      Thanks for this very interesting hub. It is something we (all the world) cannot take lightly, until I read this article I had no idea there were so many symptoms, your diagram explained it well.

      Sad it has found it's way into United States.

      I don't think the rest of the world can escape it.

      Now I have commented I will be following this hub with great interest.

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      Sandy Mertens 3 years ago from Wisconsin

      It is pretty frightening that it is now in the United States.

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      Brie Hoffman 3 years ago from Manhattan

      I am watching this carefully. Thanks for the article.

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      Dr Pran Rangan 3 years ago from Kanpur (UP), India

      Thanks. Nice hub

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      Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

      We may not ever know the reason that this person lied on his paperwork. The potential to infect thousands of people didn't play into consideration before the paperwork was submitted.

      Since the body generates antibodies, I hope this means it's possible to develop a serum to cure in case of an outbreak that affects large number of people. I don't know, it's not an area of expertise for me.

      Great hub.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      It is a huge concern that the virus has escaped the African continent and found its way to the United States. It is something that has world wide implications and has already resulted in so many lives being lost (and increasing). This is a more important world problem than stopping Isis and should be given utmost urgency.

      The news coverage may be different in Australia, but we have been told that 'this' man reported to a hospital staff member in Texas where he had just come from and his symptoms so he should have immediately been quarantined instead of being sent home with antibiotics. Our media is placing the blame on the hospital staff. Important hub, voted up.

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