Ebola fever also known as Ebola virus infection or Ebola hemorrhagic fever is a rare type of deadly viral infection. Infection from this virus causes fatal bleeding inside and outside the body. The disease kills up to 90% of people who get infected from this virus. Its outbreaks mostly occur in remote villages of Central and West Africa.
As the virus enters the body, it damages the immune system and vital organs leading to a sharp decrease in blood-clotting cells. This results in severe and uncontrollable bleeding.
Ebola is not as contagious as other common viruses like cold, influenza, chicken pox or measles are. It spreads among people when they come in contact with the skin or bodily fluids of an infected animal (like a monkey, chimp or fruit bat). Then it moves ahead in people from person to person the same way.
Initially Ebola infection may feel like normal flu or other similar illnesses. Symptoms begin to show after 2 to 21 days post contraction with the virus and usually include:
As the disease advances and gets serious