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Ebola: What You Need to Know



Dr. Bruce Hensel has the latest on the recent Ebola outbreak and what you need to know to keep yourself safe for NBC4 News at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. (Published Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014)

With the recent report of two American citizens having Ebola and a possible third case in New York, many worry whether they're at risk. But the disease is very difficult to spread. Unless a person has visited West Africa, had direct prolonged contact with an infected person or eaten meat from a fruit bat, they are likely safe.

The symptoms include:

  • Fever and headache
  • Joint and muscle aches
  • Weakness
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Stomach Pain

These symptoms may also come with the flu and other viruses, but Ebola may lead to:

  • Internal and/or external bleeding
  • Shock
  • Organ failure
  • 60 to 90 percent mortality rate

Dr Bruce's advice: Don't panic. There is minimal risk unless you've been to West Africa, eaten meat of a fruit bat or exposed to someone with the disease.

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