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Ebola virus disease


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Ebola is spread through contact with body fluids of infected people or wild animals. It's mainly found in parts of Africa and is not found in the UK.

You can avoid Ebola by not having close contact with people who have symptoms of Ebola and not eating raw or undercooked meat from wild animals.

Ebola virus disease can come on suddenly. The main symptoms are similar to flu, such as a high temperature, extreme tiredness and a headache.

Ebola is very serious and needs specialist care in hospital. Treatment involves managing the symptoms, such as giving fluids or help with breathing.

Ebola is a serious, rare infection usually found in certain parts of Africa. It's caught from the body fluids of an infected person or wild animal.

Page last reviewed: 11/01/2023
Next review due: 11/01/2026