EBOV also known as Ebola virus is an extremely deadly virus that is found in Africa. Ebola viruses are mainly found in primates in Africa and possibly in the Phillipines. There are 5 Ebola subtypes which are: Ebola-zaire, Ebola-sudan, Ebola-Ivory coast, Ebola-bundibugyo, and Ebola-reston. All of these subtypes are found in Africa, except for Ebola-reston. Ebola-reston is found in the Phillipines. The virus can cause uncontrollable bleeding internally and externally.
The virus can be severe and will result in a fatal illness in humans. Your organs then begin to become liquefied. Once that happens, it can often result to death. Around 50-90 percent of people with the Ebola virus die. The symptoms of the Ebola virus are: a high fever, headache, joint and muscle aches, sore throat, weakness, stomach pain, and lack of appetite. These symptoms can show up around 2-21 days after infection.
Over time, the symptoms become more severe and may include: nausea and vomiting, diarrhea (which may be bloody), red eyes, a raised rash, chest pain, coughing, stomach pains, increased weight loss, bleeding from the eyes, bruising, and internal bleeding. Any direct skin contact with exposure to blood or fluids such as: saliva, stool, urine, and sweat on someone with the virus will have it and is at a high risk of getting it. It can also be spread through contact with any object such as: needles that could be contaminated with infected secretions.
The virus usually gets contacted by an infected animal that a person has touched. Person to person contact can be made through needles due to blood contamination. There are no cures or vaccinations for the Ebola virus; however, there are treatments that doctors manage for the symptoms. The treatments for it are: fluids and electrolytes, oxygen, blood pressure medication, blood transfusions, and treatments for other infections. These treatments can improve the chances of surviving the virus.
The chances of survival besides the treatments also depend on your immune system. In conclusion, the best way to not get the Ebola virus is to protect yourself at all times. For example, staying away from people who have it along with not having any direct contact with them. Another way is by understanding the symptoms the virus contains, it can keep you alert and let you know if you may or may not have it. Lastly, washing your hands regularly can help prevent the virus from getting to you.