Ebola Facts By Christina Applebaum The world is currently experiencing the largest outbreak of the Ebola virus (haemorrhagic fever) originating in West Africa. The first Ebola case diagnosed in the United States was reported last month. It was confirmed at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, TX. A few things you should know about Ebola are: There is no cure. There Is no vaccine. It is not an easy virus to catch. It is only spread through transmission of bodily fluids. Coughing or sneezing will not transmit the virus. The incubation period, is anywhere from 2 to 21 days, with most people showing early symptom after 9 days. People who have the virus are not contagious until they start showing symptoms. Early symptoms are similar to most other viruses - fever, body aches, cough, stomach pain, vomiting, and diarrhea. Ebola is by a RNA (ribonucleic acid) virus that affects wild animals. Contact with infected animal blood is the likely cause of the outbreak. Unless you have very close contact with an infected person or visit a location that is hard hit with the outbreak like West Africa your chances of catching the Ebola virus are zero.