Ebola Virus Disease: Symptoms & Signs

  • Medical Author:
    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.

Ebola virus is one of a group of viruses that cause a hemorrhagic fever syndrome. Symptoms of Ebola virus infection are similar to those produced by other hemorrhagic fever viruses and include

Patients experience a loss of appetite and often stomach pains. Some patients experience

Later, as the disease progresses and worsens in severity, symptoms can include bleeding at various sites within or outside of the body.

Causes of Ebola virus disease

There are four different strains of the Ebola virus that cause Ebola hemorrhagic fever. Ebola virus belongs to the virus family known as Filoviridae.

REFERENCES:

King, John W. "Ebola Virus Infection." Medscape.com. June 3, 2016. <http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/216288-overview>.

United States. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever." Nov. 2, 2014. <http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/symptoms/>.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/6/2017

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