What we should know about global disease outbreaks
Thousands of miles away from the “hot zone” in West Africa, Americans watch the unfolding Ebola crisis with growing alarm — and, in some cases, panic.
We see the disease swiftly infect whole villages and move into major cities — killing those both vulnerable and strong. Since the crisis began earlier this summer, more than 5,800 cases of Ebola and more than 2,800 deaths have been reported.
As we head into fall, Ebola continues to devastate West Africa, and President Barack Obama has dedicated U.S. military help to get the virus under control. But while Ebola is a public health and humanitarian crisis, the risk of an Ebola outbreak is very low in the United States, say officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and public health experts specializing in infectious disease at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).
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