Ebola Virus Pictures and Images
Ebola is a virus that has a 90% death rate once a person is infected. It is a terrible disease that has no cure or vaccine.
There are five strains of the virus with the deadliest spreading throughout West Africa. (See: What is the Ebola Virus?)
The main source of contraction is the Fruit Bat. Other animals contract it from the bat which eventually makes it way to humans where the virus grows quickly due to our weaker immune system.
The virus had been contained in West Africa but has now spread to Europe and the US. It can take 60 days before an infected person will show the first signs of the virus. So, there are likely many other people infected but not showing signs and who will continue to spread the virus. The WHO is estimating that up to 20,000 people may be infected by November 2014 (story).
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The symptoms of Ebola start with a low fever, sore throat, and headache then spread to the internal organs.
Statements from medical teams:
Some of the medics have already witnessed many deaths at the camp. They “never had to deal with this many bodies in these few days on any job before.”
“You can be helping somebody by getting them a juice, or a glass of cold water, or whatever he wants because you know really he has very little chance to survive, and then less than an hour later he is dead,”
“Then when you are putting his body in the bag, another one behind you has died. Then another one. One old woman died with very bad external bleeding from her body, the symptoms that are the worst of Ebola. It is very difficult.“