Latest Ebola News: Second American with Ebola back in US

ebola-virusThe second American aid worker diagnosed with Ebola in west Africa was brought back to the US for treatment Tuesday, the media reported. Nancy Writebol arrived in a private plane equipped with a unique containment unit at Dobbins Air Force Base near Atlanta Tuesday morning. She will join colleague Kent Brantly in a special isolation unit at Atlanta's Emory University Hospital, Xinhua reported citing US media reports.

SIM, the aid group with which Writebol serves, said she 'remains in serious, but stable, condition'. Writebol was serving on a joint medical team in Liberia with Brantly of Samaritan's Purse, an international relief organisation, when they both contracted the virus. Brantly was brought back by the same medical evacuation plane Aug 2 for treatment. According to Samaritan's Purse, Brantly is 'in good spirits' and his condition 'is improving.'

What is ebola virus?

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The Ebola virus disease (EVD), formerly known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever is a severe condition caused by a virus from the Filoviridae family. Known to be a condition that is transmitted from animals to humans, this virus spreads through direct contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person or animal.

What are the symptoms?

The incubation period (or the time between when the actual infection takes place to the time when a person sees symptoms of this condition) for this disease is about one week. After this period a person will commonly see the signs that are considered as 'early symptoms'. According to Dr Ratan,the early symptoms include fever, rashes, headache, nausea, vomiting and stomach pain. Apart from that a person may also experience symptoms like pain in the lower back, arthritis like pain all over the body, diarrhea and a sore throat. Read more about Ebola virus causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, prognosis and prevention

With inputs from IANS

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