Ebola is a deadly disease caused by a highly infectious virus. The initial symptoms (fever, fatigue, headaches) are common, making it difficult to diagnose in the early stages.
Later symptoms include vomiting, diarrhoea, impaired liver and kidney function, and in some cases internal and external bleeding.
There is currently no cure for Ebola. Treatment is limited to supportive therapy – keeping patients hydrated, maintaining their oxygen status and treating any complicating infections.