Ebola: Media Hype or Something More Serious?
October 12, 2014
Seemingly from out of nowhere the media is filled with stories about Ebola, a virus that is native to Africa and one that is fatal in a very high percentage of cases. With Ebola on American shores for the first time, it’s important to know how much of what we see and hear is media hype versus how much there is about which we should be appropriatelly concerned. In this post to HealthConnection.TV, internationally-recognized infectious disease expert Dr. Richard Wallace answers questions about Ebola and separates fact from hype.
- Where did the Ebola virus come from and what makes it such a deadly disease?
- We've been told that the only way a person can get sick from the Ebola virus is by having "direct bodily contact with the fluids of an infected person." What exactly does this mean?
- Is there a possibility -- or even a likelihood -- that the Ebola virus could mutate and become transmissable by air?
- Since Ebola has been around for so long, why do we not have a vaccine for it?
- How long will it take to develop a vaccine for Ebola?
- Since the time from Ebola exposure to the onset of symptoms is anywhere from two to 21 days, what benefit is there to taking the temperatures of individuals coming into the United States?
- The two missionaries who were infected with the Ebola virus that were transported back to the U.S. were treated and lived. Why, then, did the patient in Dallas, Thomas Duncan, die?
- Where are all of these dangerous infectious diseases coming from? First it was Swine Flu or H1N1. now it's the Enterovirus D68 that school children are getting, the chikungunya virus in the Caribbean and South America, and now Ebola. What's going on?
- The Ebola isn't new. Why is the current outbreak in West Africa so acute?
- Bottom line: how likely is an Ebola outbreak in the U.S. along the lines of what we are seeing in West Africa?
- How do we separate what we need to know about Ebola from the media frenzy?