People can only become infected with the Ebola virus if they come into contact with the blood, bodily fluids or organs of an infected person.
The current Ebola outbreak is most widespread and intense in West Africa. The countries of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia have reported the most infections, with additional cases in Nigeria, Senegal, one in Spain and four in the United States of America. As of 19 October 2014 the current outbreak includes 9,936 cases of Ebola, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
Early Ebola symptoms include fever, headache, body aches, stomach pain, vomiting and diarrhoea. Because these could be symptoms of other diseases, it's difficult to diagnose Ebola early on.
If you feel unwell with any Ebola Symptoms within 21 days of returning from any infected area of the world (especially West Africa), it is essential to stay at home and call 111 or 999 (if emergency), rather than go to hospital or your GP surgery.
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