Health reports from NBC4's Dr. Bruce Hensel

Ebola: What You Need to Know

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    NEWSLETTERS

    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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