Ebola is a very severe infectious and life-threatening disease characterized by fever and internal bleeding.
Other symptoms that are present during the early stages of the disease are muscle weakness and soreness, headache and sore throat.
An Ebola outbreak in Africa has killed more than 1,000 people and made international headlines. You may also remember the two Americans working in Africa who came down with the virus and were brought to the United States for treatment.
How are emergency rooms in America preparing for a disease of this severity and potential magnitude?
The possibility of Ebola spreading throughout the country is unlikely, but not unfounded. There are several standard precautions, such as contact, airborne and isolation drills, that emergency rooms are utilizing; just in case Ebola was to become widespread in the U.S.
Fortunately, the Ebola virus is not airborne; it is only transmitted via direct contact with -- or secretion of -- bodily fluids. This means it is not easily transmittable.
What else do you need to know about Ebola?
Rade B. Vukmir, MD, shares the dangerous information on Ebola, signs and symptoms of Ebola and what you need to know about the potential risk of Ebola spreading globally.