After a person becomes infected with the Ebola virus, it begins to multiply within the body. On average, Ebola virus symptoms begin about four to six days after contracting the disease. The period between contraction and the start of symptoms is called the incubation. The Ebola incubation period can be as short as 2 days or as long as 21 days.
Ebola virus symptoms usually begin abruptly. Common symptoms can include:
-Dry, hacking cough
-Joint and muscle aches
A rash, hiccups, red eyes, and internal and external bleeding may be seen in some patients. On dark skin, the rash is often not recognized until it begins to peel.
In pregnant women, common Ebola virus symptoms can include heavy vaginal bleeding and abortion (miscarriage).
Death usually occurs during the second week of symptoms. Ebola victims typically die from massive blood loss.