Home > News > Public Health Updated 08 April 2014 Got acne? There's an app for that! Here's more about the deadly Ebola virus, one of the most feared viruses on earth. 0 iStock Related Unexplained heamorrhagic fever kills 23 in Guinea Deadly new Ebola strain found Ebola hits Ugandan health workers Eighty-six people have died since the beginning of February in an Ebola outbreak in Guinea, West Africa. Passengers departing from the capital city's airport have to fill in health forms and have their temperatures taken. Anyone with a temperature higher then 38 degrees Celsius will be tested for the Ebola virus.Here’s more about the deadly Ebola virus, which occurs naturally in sub-Saharan Africa.Ebola is a haemorrhagic fever that can cause massive bleeding from internal organs and body orificies, and is often fatal.It is a viral disease, most common in tropical areas. There have been Ebola outbreaks in Zaire, Sudan, Gabon and Uganda.This disease has no known cure, which is one of the reasons why it is so feared.The most common haemorrhagic fever found in South Africa is Crimean-Congo fever, of which there are usually several cases each year.These viruses are suspected to survive in certain animal populations (they seldom die of it) and is thought to be spread by an intermediary such as a mosquito.Once it has taken hold in a human population, it is spread via bodily secretions and contact with contaminated objects. It is not known whether this virus can be spread via airborne particles.Haemorrhaging is the result of the destruction of blood coagulation factors.Symptoms include severe headache, nausea and vomiting, diarrhoea, abdominal pain, a rash, severe bleeding from the gastrointestinal tract and other orifices, such as the eyes, ears, nose and vagina, and coma.Laboratory tests must be performed as soon as possible to determine the specific haemorrhagic disease. Only one laboratory in SA (the National Institute for Communicable Diseases) is equipped to perform tests for Ebola.The treatment for Ebola usually consists of supportive care: maintaining blood pressure, oxygen levels and fluid and electrolyte balances, and protecting against other infections. Blood transfusions are also often given.Patients are usually kept in isolation in hospitals and extreme care must be taken to prevent the spreading of this potentially fatal fever.Read more: Ebola and other haemorrhagic diseases Compiled by Susan Erasmus More in News Friday as safe as any other day for surgery More: NewsPublic Health advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... Other news Medical Healthy living reduces everyone's risk of colon cancer News No queues, no fuss, bringing healthcare to your door Fitness Helmets don't always prevent motocross injuries in kids Parenting Electronic media plan needed for whole family Medical SEE: 12 Things you didn't know about the brain Medical Nose cartilage used to repair injured knees From our sponsors Keep an eye on your vision Which skin products are better, ‘medical grade’ or ‘over-the-counter’? Win 1 of 6 R5000 cash prizes Win Skin Renewal voucher Live healthier Exercise benefits for seniors » Working out in the concrete jungle Even a little exercise may help prevent dementia Here’s an unexpected way to boost your memory: running Seniors who exercise recover more quickly from injury or illness When sedentary older adults got into an exercise routine, it curbed their risk of suffering a disabling injury or illness and helped them recover if anything did happen to them. No relief for MS » Drug shows promise against MS in mouse study Vitamin D may slow multiple sclerosis Obesity in girls tied to higher MS risk Exercise may not lower women's risk of MS A Harvard study showed no evidence to support the idea that exercise lowers the risk of multiple sclerosis.