The first of two American aid workers infected with the Ebola were transported from Liberia on Saturday to be treated at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. In New York, aman was quarantined on Monday while doctors tested him for a possible Ebola infection at Mt. Sinai Hospital.
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How is Ebola transmitted?
Ebola is transmitted through direct blood contact or other body fluids, or through indirect contact with an environment containing contaminated fluids. In Africa, there have been documented infection cases that are associated with handling of infected chimpanzees, gorillas, fruit bats, monkeys and antelopes.
Signs and symptoms
Signs and symptoms of the deadly virus can be noticeable within five to 10 days of infection. Early signs of the virus will be similar to flu symptoms. They may include:
- Severe headaches
- Joint and muscle aching and discomfort
As the virus develops, symptoms will become severe and may include:
- Red eyes
- Chest pain and coughing
- Stomach pain
- Severe weight loss
- Nausea and vomiting
It is advised that you see a doctor if you're experiencing any of these symptoms.