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What is the Ebola incubation period?

Written by Bhavyajyoti Chilukoti |Published : August 27, 2014 6:31 PM IST

Ebola virusThe Ebola virus disease (EVD) is a serious clinical condition caused by a virus. Also known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever, the virus spreads through close contact with the body fluids of an infected person. Ebola is considered to be a clinical emergency all over the world and hence it is important to be aware of its symptoms and incubation period to prevent health issues. (Read: 8 tips to prevent Ebola infection)

The incubation period of the Ebola virus is 2 21 days which means that a person infected with the virus takes around 2 to 21 days to show symptoms of this disease. Although in most cases the symptoms appeared after 8-10 days after being infected with the virus. It is in this period of incubation that the virus attacks the immune system. (Read: 5 reasons the ebola virus should never come to India)

After a series of events leading to the destruction of the immune cells, the symptoms begin to appear. These symptoms are considered to be early signs of infection which are followed by late signs indicating the seriousness of the condition. The early symptoms (which are nonspecific to the disease) include headache, fever (greater than 38.6 C), stomach pain and drop in blood pressure. While late signs of Ebola infection are sore throat, jaundice, loss of appetite, skin rashes and bleeding. (Read:Ebola virus signs and symptoms)

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In case a person observes any of the above symptoms or is suspected to have the virus, the first and foremost step is to isolate the patient and take him to any local doctor for further check-ups.

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