Ebola symptoms are common and warrant immediate health care

Ebola symptoms are common and warrant immediate health care

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WASHINGTON, October 10, 2014 – Medical records released to Associated Press show that upon first appearing at Texas Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan had a fever of 103 degrees and severe stomach pains. Reports are that Duncan also informed hospital staff that he had recently come to the US from Liberia. Other notations were that he was having dizziness, headache, decreased urination and pain.

Even without the fear of Ebola and Duncan’s country of origin, one needs to question the justification for the hospital to have released Duncan. His symptoms could be indicators of possible system failure and a horrifically sick person.

According to information found online, stepping beyond the headache and pain, you should always seek prompt medical attention for high fever, changes in urination, and severe stomach pain.

Remember, unless you have been to West Africa or been hanging around with someone that has been to West Africa, you don’t have Ebola, but that does not mean your symptoms do not warrant medical attention.

The following information is from reputable health care websites. It is only offered as information, not medical advice. Please contact a health care provider for medical advice.

If you have a fever of 103

Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, have a high fever accompanied by other serious symptoms, such as difficulty breathing, severe abdominal pain, confusion, difficulty swallowing, stiff neck, severe headache, or dizziness. (Healthgrades.com)

What symptoms of abdominal pain are cause for concern?

If your abdominal pain is severe or if it is accompanied by any of the following symptoms, contact your health care provider as soon as possible:

  • Fever
  • Inability to keep food down for several days
  • Inability to pass stool, especially if you are also vomiting
  • Painful or unusually frequent urination
  • The abdomen is tender to the touch
  • The pain is the result of an injury to the abdomen
  • The pain lasts for several days (WebMd.com)


Lightheadedness has many causes, including:

  • Allergies.
  • Illnesses such as the flu or colds. Home treatment of your flu and cold symptoms usually will relieve lightheadedness.
  • Vomiting, diarrhea, fevers, and other illnesses that cause dehydration.
  • Very deep or rapid breathing (hyperventilation).
  • Anxiety and stress.

A more serious cause of lightheadedness is bleeding. Most of the time, the location of the bleeding and the need to seek medical care are obvious. But sometimes bleeding is not obvious (occult bleeding). You may have small amounts of bleeding in your digestive tract over days or weeks without noticing the bleeding. When this happens, lightheadedness and fatigue may be the first noticeable symptoms that you are losing blood. 

Decreased urination

Low urine output, or no urine output, occurs in the setting of kidney failure as well as in urinary obstruction. As the kidneys fail or become compromised in their ability to function, the kidneys lose the ability to regulate fluids and electrolytes and to remove waste products from the body.

Additionally, red blood cell production (which is normally driven by a substance produced in the kidneys) decreases. Low urine output also occurs when there is a decreased blood supply to the kidney, such as occurs with dehydration or excessive blood loss. (MedicineNet.com)

If you have any of these symptoms, the chance that, if you are living in the US, you have Ebola is slim to none.  However, these symptoms together or alone may be cause for concern and you should seek medical assistance particularly in the very young, old or persons with a comprised immune system due to other illness or disease.

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