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A New Ebola Epidemic: Two Dead and Thousands at Risk – What Are the Symptoms of the Disease

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A new outbreak of Ebola has been reported, as two people have died. Hundreds of people who have been in contact with them are in danger after the deadly virus reappeared in Africa, notes The Sun.

The Ministry of Health of the Democratic Republic of Congo has declared an outbreak of infection this month.

The first patient, a 31-year-old man, began to feel unwell on April 5, before dying on April 21. A second patient, a 25-year-old woman, became ill on April 13 with symptoms of Ebola. She was treated at home for five days and visited a church, a health center, a pharmacy and the home of a nurse.

This patient, a family member of the first case, tragically died on April 25.

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Health officials have so far found hundreds of people who have been in contact with both cases.

Ebola is present in animal reserves in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and before that epidemic, the country had reported 13 cases since 1976.

The virus has an incubation period of two to 21 days, which means that symptoms can occur and last up to three weeks from the time of infection.

Early symptoms of Ebola include:

  • fever
  • headache
  • muscle pain
  • sore throat
  • weakness

These are similar to those of other diseases, which makes diagnosis difficult in some cases.

Subsequently, as the disease progresses, it can cause:

  • diarrhea
  • vomiting
  • rash
  • impaired renal and hepatic function
  • stomach ache
  • internal and external bleeding
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Ebola virus disease – formerly called Ebola hemorrhagic fever – is a viral infection that occurs in humans and primates.

It causes an acute, serious illness that is often fatal when left untreated.

The virus begins with symptoms that include fever, severe fatigue, muscle aches and sore throat, before progressing to vomiting and diarrhea, as well as internal and external bleeding.

The virus is part of the Filoviridae family, which also includes the Marburg virus.

It was first detected in areas near the Ebola River, which gave the disease its name.

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