Information for primary care: managing patients who require assessment for Ebola virus disease

Public Health England

Ebola virus disease is a rare but severe infection. The Ebola virus is transmitted from person to person by direct contact with the blood or body fluids of a symptomatic infected person. The illness usually begins suddenly with fever, headache, joint and muscle aches, sore throat and intense weakness. Stomach cramps, diarrhoea and vomiting may occur. Some individuals may develop a rash, red eyes, hiccups, and bleeding. In severe cases patients develop failure of the liver and kidneys.

This Guidelines summary provides key messages for primary care, and includes management algorithms.

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