25 Curious Facts About Ebola You Should Know

The whole world is anxiously watching the news about the Ebola outbreak centered in Western Africa. So far, it has been the largest Ebola outbreak ever recorded with thousands of casualties. Recently, there have been several cases of Ebola even in Europe and the USA so it is important to have at least the basic awareness of this malicious, deadly disease. Therefore, we created a list of 25 curious facts about Ebola you should know that will help you better understand the disease and may teach you the elemental rules of prevention.

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Later symptoms of Ebola follow quickly, within just a few days after the early sings. Infected person starts vomiting, having diarrhea; and livers and kidneys begin to fail. At this phase, some people also bleed both internally and externally.

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Typically, the first symptoms appear 8-10 days after exposure to the virus, but the incubation period can last as long as 21 days.

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Ebola is transmitted by contact with blood or other body fluids. Therefore, Ebola is not transmitted through the air like the flu (with the exception of being exposed to saliva droplets from immediate proximity). Therefore, sanitary precautions, protective clothes and sterile environment are necessary for those who are in contact with infected people.

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The disease can also be deadly to some animals. It has an especially high mortality rate among primates such as chimpanzees and gorillas. It is estimated that Ebola may have resulted in the deaths of 5,000 gorillas so far.

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Scientists suggest, fruit bats are the normal carriers of the virus, able to spread it without being affected. Humans can get infected by contact with the bats or even animals that have been infected by the bats.

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