Early symptoms of Ebola mimic the flu and may begin as soon as 2 days after infection. Typically symptoms become visible 2 weeks after contact with virus and progress rapidly from the 7th day onward. It is important to seek medical attention the moment you experience more severe symptoms or suspect that you have been in contact with the virus.

Ebola Symptoms

Symptoms of Ebola

Day 7-9 after symptoms begin

The initial stages of Ebola are commonly mistaken for flu or malaria and in some cases Doctors will test for cholera or malaria to rule them out.

  • Headache
  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle Weakness & Aches

Day 10

By day 10 the symptoms no longer resemble a common flu and medical assistance is absolutely required.

  • High Fever
  • Vomiting Blood
  • Blood in Stool
  • Changes in Behaviour

Day 11

  • Visible Bruising
  • Brain damage
  • Bleeding from Nose, Mouth & Eyes

Day 12

  • Seizures
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Significant internal bleeding
  • Death

It is worth noting that very little is know about Ebola and a large amount of the information available is based on the first documented outbreaks in 1976. Based on current reports and information the 2014 strains may exhibit different behaviours and incubation periods.