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EBOLA also targets the liver, which is implicated in the synthesis of proteins involved in the blood clotting process, and finally, by suppressing immune cells it allows itself to continue on this destructive path.

CDC worker incinerates medical waste from Ebola patients in Zaire in 1976.

On that note, what is Ebola? Ebola is a virus. The Ebola virus itself tends to favour skin cells, (formally known as epithelial cells), immune cells and liver cells. Epithelial cells are not only found on the outside of your body, but make the lining of other components of our biology- an example being blood vessels. What the Ebola virus does is damage these cells, and when these cells are destroyed the chances of bleeding increases, as there are more gaps through which the blood can escape into the surrounding environment. What compounds the issue of profused bleeding is that the Ebola virus

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The overall result is profuse internal and external bleeding, which accounts for a majority of deaths caused by the virus. After 2-21 days (with an average of 8 to 10 days) after initial contact with the Ebola virus, an individual will start to develop symptoms such as: fever fatigue, muscle pain, and a sore throat, which is similar for most viral infections, therefore these symptoms are not a definite sign of a person being infected with Ebola. This period also provides the best opportunity to monitor an individual suspected of contracting the virus and if need be provide supportive treatment, which is the only treatment available at the moment; it is also the period when a patient is most contagious. The internal and external bleeding occurs sometime after these initial symptoms, with oozing of blood from the gums and the anus being the first signs of bleeding-out. The question still looms: how did the Ebola virus start to infect humans in the first place? It is thought that some animals tend to be natural reservoirs for the virus, and what this means is that the hosts that harbor the Ebola virus do so in a manner where they are not negatively affected. This is similar to how we have bacteria lining our stomachs, also referred to as our natural gut flora, which for the most part do not cause any infections.

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