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What are the symptoms of Ebola?

Signs and symptoms of Ebola initially resemble those of influenza. They usually appear any time from 2 to 21 days after infection, though the most common time frame is 8 to 10 days. An infected person is normally not contagious to others until symptoms start. Ebola symptoms include fever, headache, confusion, sore throat, stiff and painful muscles and joints, weakness and loss of appetite. As the disease progresses, further symptoms appear, including nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, reddish eyes, widespread, bloody rash, reddish-purple spots on the skin (ecchymosis), bleeding from the mouth and a red-colored palate, bleeding from the eyes, ears and nose, sensitive skin (painful to the touch), kidney and liver failure, coma and death.

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Author: Dr Idan Ben-Barak PhD, MSc, BSc (Med)
First answered: 22 Nov 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Ebola


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