Ebola: What You Need to Know

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  • Swiss Ebola Vaccine Study Suspended
  • What Is Ebola?
  • Why is Ebola So Deadly?
  • What Are the Symptoms?
  • How Long Before Symptoms Show
  • How is it Transmitted?
  • Why Now?
  • How is Ebola Treated?
  • What is Being Done?
  • Should We Be Worried?
  • Nigeria Confirms 1 Ebola Death, 5 Cases
  • Saudi National Being Tested for Ebola Dies
  • American Aid Workers Cured
  • New Ebola Cases in DR Congo
  • “Losing the Battle"
  • 090314 Health the 411 on Ebola Spreads to Senegal
  • Third American Sickened by Ebola
  • Third Sickened Aid Worker Flown to Emory
  • Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Requests Aid
  • President Obama Deploys Troops to Aid
  • MSF Staff Contracts Ebola
  • An Attack in Guinea
  • French President Francois Hollande Vows to Help
  • Orphans Shunned
  • First Case Diagnosed in US
  • Up to 10,000 Cases Per Week Anticipated
  • Mark Zuckerberg Donates $25 million
  • Second Nurse Diagnosed with Ebola
  • Obama Picks Ebola 'Czar'
  • Thomas Eric Duncan’s Fiancée Cleared
  • Dallas Officials Announce Conflicting Numbers
  • 041414 Global Nigeria Economy 2050
  • 21-Day Monitoring
  • First Case in Mali Announced
  • Patient Tests Positive for Ebola in New York City
  • Nurse Is Ebola-Free, Says Family
  • Obama to Meet With Cured Nurse
  • Young African Brothers Attacked in Bronx School, Called “Ebola"
  • Boy and Mother Isolated in NYC Hospital
  • Second Dallas Nurse Is Ebola-Free
  • Barack Obama
  • NYC Doctor Cured of Ebola
  • Mali Reports Two New Ebola Deaths
  • Liberia Ends State of Emergency
  • Duncan’s Fiancée to Release Memoir
  • Ebola-Infected Doctor Being Brought to U.S.
  • Dr. Martin Salia
  • Liberian Hospital Needs More Volunteers, Say Doctors
  • Doctors Without Borders: Ebola Response Too Slow
  • 11th Sierra Leonean Doctor Tests Positive
  • Ebola Monitoring Ends for Many NYC Health Workers
  • Nigerian Health Workers to Deploy
  • U.N. Peacekeeper Infected
  • WHO December Target Reached

Why Is Ebola So Deadly?

One reason why Ebola is so deadly is because it completely attacks our immune system. Ebola kills our white blood cells, which makes it near impossible for our bodies to fight off the virus. This is what sets off the disease. 

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