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 NEXT ON HEALTH24X Your period and anaemia – what you should know 2 minutes ago 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 Your period and anaemia – what you should know Lifestyle How to destress and still get stuff done Medical 5 tips on travelling with urinary incontinence Medical When heart attack strikes, women often hesitate to call for help Sex Here’s what could be causing that pain you feel during sex Medical 7 of the weirdest things you can do in your sleep From our sponsors Dementia and Incontinence: what you need to know Tell-tale signs you need a mattress upgrade Keen to win a R2 000 voucher? Good health begins in your gastrointestinal tract Live healthier Smoking dangers » Hubbly hooking lots of young adults on tobacco Hookah smokers are inhaling benzene Many young adults misinformed about hookahs Hookah pipes far from harmless, study warns In addition to toxic substances from tobacco and nicotine, hookah smoke exposes users to charcoal combustion products, including large amounts of carbon monoxide. Managing incontinence » 5 avoidable triggers that can make urinary incontinence worse Urinary incontinence is a manageable condition – here are a few common triggers of urinary leakage.