Ebola or Flu? The differences in symptoms between the two viruses

What are the common symptoms between the flu and Ebola? How do you distinguish the two diseases? The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has launched an information campaign to help people differentiate between these two pathologies.

The end of October marks the beginning of the flu season and with it the start of its characteristic symptoms. However, this recurrent pathology, well known to patients, runs the risk of not being treated and treated as calmly this year as the previous ones.

In fact, motivated by concern the Ebola outbreak in Africa and the few identified cases of contamination, particularly in the United States and France, have created a real psychosis around seasonal flu. Point of contention: misinformation and confusion surrounding the “flu-like syndromespecific to Ebola disease.

Cough and sore throat, specific flu symptoms

So how do you know if a fever, headache, fatigue, or even muscle aches are the warning signs of the flu or Ebola? A recent campaign led by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests fast and synthetic diagnostic elements.

According to the government agency, consideration should be given the symptoms specific to each of these two pathologies. If you have a cough, sore throat, or stuffy nose, it’s the flu. Ebola does not show these symptoms but instead manifests itself through vomiting and diarrhea within three to six days of infection. The extremely weak patients also suffer from abdominal pain and sometimes inexplicable bruising and bleeding.

Flu and Ebola, different routes of transmission

Another approach to consider the type of transmission. If the flu is airborne from one infected person to another when the patient coughs or sneezes, Ebola can only be transmitted through direct contact with blood or body fluids. Transmission occurs primarily through the skin or mucous membranes through physical contact with biological fluids or secretions such as vomit, stool, urine, semen, etc. from infected individuals.

It’s also important to point out only infected patients with symptoms of the disease are likely to transmit the virus. These symptoms appear 2 to 21 days after exposure. At this stage, the contagious patient is far too weak to move. In this sense, the risk of contamination is minimal in both the United States and France.

Reassure patients and prevent flu

The goal of the CDC campaign is above all reassure American citizens.There could be public concern or even confusion between the flu and Ebola this year“, a spokeswoman said in a press release. In fact, at the time of the start of the seasonal flu vaccination campaign, amalgams are common.

This flu season, flu-like symptoms in United States residents are most likely caused by seasonal flu and not the Ebola virus.‘ the press release continues. which also applies to France.

However, be careful not to underestimate the risks of flu. If this disease is less dazzling than Ebola, it still is to be taken very seriously. For this reason, doctors strongly recommend that all adults and children over the age of six months be vaccinated, preferably before the end of October.

According to the World Health Organization, this pathology affects and causes five million people worldwide every year the death of 500,000 of them.

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