Ebola Health Center

On average, Ebola virus disease is fatal in 50 percent of cases, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). However, the fatality rate varies by outbreak — it’s been as high as 90 percent and as low as 25 percent.

Patients who survive an Ebola infection have reported side effects like hair loss and joint pain.

Ebola survivors develop antibodies to the virus, which means they are less likely to catch it again. These antibodies may last up to 10 years.

Whether Ebola survivors are susceptible to other strains of the virus is unknown.

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