Ebola Health Center

The Ebola virus causes a rare condition, Ebola virus disease, that can have common symptoms of fever, headaches and unexplained bleeding. Ebola virus disease can also damage the liver and kidneys and may result in both internal and external bleeding conditions.

Ebola is highly infectious. It can spread rapidly and has a high death rate, particularly in areas with overstretched health care systems — such as parts of West Africa, in which the 2014 outbreak took thousands of lives.

Primates like monkeys and chimps can carry the virus, and outbreaks usually begin when a human contracts the virus through contact with one. In the Philippines, scientists have discovered a less severe strain of Ebola in some monkeys and pigs.

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Review Date: 
October 9, 2014
Last Updated:
November 4, 2014