Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever
The Ebola virus is so gruesome it almost sounds invented for horror films. At its onset, symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches, diarrhea, vomiting, and stomach pain. As it progresses, it can cause bleeding from the eyes, ears, nose, mouth, and rectum, and cause a bloody rash on the skin. An outbreak of the ghastly disease recently hit the Democratic Republic of Congo. Confirmed cases have risen to 28, with 14 fatalities reported. The United Nations launched an emergency appeal for $2 million to fight the spread of the disease, fearing that, if not contained, it could have global impact. Ebola is highly infectious, spread through direct contact with bodily fluid.