Symptoms may appear anywhere from 2 to 21 days after exposure to Ebola virus, though 8-10 days is most common: Symptoms include:
- Sudden high fever (greater than 38.6°C or 101.5°F)
- Severe headache
- Extreme tiredness
- Aching joints or muscles
- Sore throat
- Stomach pain
- Lack of appetite
- Unexplained bleeding or bruising
The early symptoms of Ebola are similar to those of flu (high fever, aching muscles, tiredness, sore throat) so it is possible that people may confuse the symptoms of flu with those of Ebola. Flu is likely to be accompanied by a runny or blocked nose, sneezing and a dry chesty cough. Ebola symptoms will develop to include stomach pain, vomiting, diarrhoea, as well as unexplained bleeding and bruising.
If you are concerned, contact your local health authority or health care professional for further information and advice.