After four to six days on average, Ebola symptoms can begin. The period between infection with the virus and the start of Ebola symptoms is called the incubation period. The Ebola incubation period can be anywhere between two and twenty-one days.
Common Ebola Symptoms
The start of Ebola symptoms are quite often abrupt. Common Ebola symptoms can include:
Joint and a muscle aches
Dry, hacking cough
A rash, red eyes, hiccups, and internal and external bleeding may be seen in some patients. When the rash develops on dark skin, it is often not recognized until the rash begins to peel.
In pregnant women, abortion (miscarriage) and heavy vaginal bleeding are common Ebola symptoms.
Death usually occurs during the second week of Ebola symptoms. Death in Ebola victims is usually from massive blood loss.
In cases of Ebola, symptoms typically begin to develop within about four to six days of being infected. Symptoms of Ebola commonly include such things as fever, sore throat, vomiting, weakness, stomach pain, and a dry, hacking cough. Death usually occurs during the second week of Ebola symptoms, most often as a result of massive blood loss.
When making an Ebola diagnosis, the doctor will ask about the patient's medical history and perform a physical exam. Diagnosing Ebola early can be difficult, due to the fact that the early symptoms of Ebola can be similar to those seen with other medical conditions. The doctor may order lab tests that can identify the virus itself or antibodies that the body makes to fight the Ebola virus.
Ebola Diagnosis: An Overview
In order to make an Ebola diagnosis, the doctor will ask a number of questions, including questions about: View More »