How long can you survive Ebola?

The survival rate for Ebola virus disease (EVD) can vary depending on various factors, including:

  • the severity of the illness
  • the patient’s overall health
  • the quality of medical care they receive.

On average, the case fatality rate (the percentage of people who die from the disease) for EVD is approximately 50%, though it can range from 25% to 90% depending on the outbreak and the specific virus strain involved.

It’s worth noting that people who receive early treatment, including supportive care and hydration, have a better chance of surviving EVD. There is currently no specific treatment for Ebola virus, but supportive care can help manage symptoms and complications.

Recovery from Ebola virus disease can take several weeks, and it is possible for survivors to experience long-term health problems, such as joint and muscle pain, vision problems, and hearing loss. Additionally, the virus can remain in certain bodily fluids, such as semen, for several months after recovery, which can pose a risk of transmission to others.

If you believe that you may have been exposed to Ebola virus, it’s important to seek medical attention right away to receive the appropriate care and to prevent the spread of the disease to others.