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Diagnosing Ebola HF in an individual who has been infected for only a few days is difficult, because the early symptoms, such as red eyes and a skin rash, are nonspecific to ebolavirus infection and are seen often in patients with more commonly occurring diseases.



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MSF (Medicins Sans Frontiers) health staff in protective clothing constructing perimeter for isolation ward.

Because we still do not know exactly how people are infected with Ebola, few primary prevention measures have been established and no vaccine exists.



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Risk of Exposure

Ebola viruses are found in several African countries. The first Ebola virus was discovered in 1976 near the Ebola River in what is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Since then, outbreaks of Ebola among humans have appeared sporadically in Africa.

Risk

Risk assessment in disease-endemic areas is difficult because the natural reservoir host of ebolaviruses, and the manner in which transmission of the virus to humans occurs remains unknown.



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The outbreak of Ebola virus disease in west Africa continues to evolve in alarming ways, with no immediate end in sight. Many barriers stand in the way of rapid containment.

The most severely affected countries, Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, have only recently returned to political stability following years of civil war and conflict, which left health systems largely destroyed or severely disabled.



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Nairobi, Kenya
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