Ebola Symptoms and What to Do If Someone Has Them

By Edward K. Chapnick

Part of Ebola Myths & Facts For Dummies Cheat Sheet

The symptoms of Ebola are common for many conditions, such as influenza, which can lead to people worrying unnecessarily. Ebola symptoms include these often-experienced discomforts:

  • Fever

  • Headache

  • Fatigue and weakness

  • Stomach pain

  • Joint and muscle pain

  • Lack of appetite

  • Diarrhea

  • Vomiting

  • Unexplained bruising or bleeding

If someone you’re with has these symptoms, do the following:

  1. Don’t panic.

    Unless she has been to an affected area or has been in contact with a known Ebola patient (known as exposure history), then she probably doesn’t have Ebola.

  2. If she has been exposed or you aren’t sure, don’t touch her.

    Isolate her in a room with the door closed. Then call the health department, who can assist and instruct you.

  3. If you’re traveling on a plane or train or something similar, you can alert an employee.

    The airlines and other modes of transportation have protocols that they’ll follow to address possible health-related emergencies.