By Jasmin Singh
Emory University Hospital released a statement this week saying it will be taking in an Ebola victim from Africa.
Though the statement doesn't tell us who, later news reports claim they are receiving the two Americans who were infected by the virus while helping others.
As Emory and the CDC prepare to fly-in these patients, many Americans are worried about the potential spread of the virus. Here is a quick list from CBS News of what you need to know about Ebola.
So what is it?
Ebola is a highly infectious, usually fatal virus that causes flu-like symptoms and severe internal bleeding. The survival rate is very low.
What are the symptoms?
Ebola can cause sudden flu-like symptoms including:
- intense weakness
- muscle pain
- sore throat
These symptoms are then followed by vomiting, diarrhea, rash, impaired kidney and liver function. Internal and external bleeding can occur as well.
How does it spread?
Though it doesn't spread through the air, Ebola is transmitted through contract with bodily fluids, like blood.
What's the incubation period?
The time from infection with the virus to the start of symptoms ranges from two to 21 days.
Is there a cure?
Right now, no. All we can do is provide supportive care to patients, which can include oxygen, blood transfusion and fluids and treating subsequent infections.
View the full article from CBS News here.