Turn on the news and try NOT to feel a little bit anxious about current public health crises. The onslaught of stories about Ebola and Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), “a flulike disease that has infected 664 people—most of them children—in 45 states so far and the District of Columbia.”  These and other illnesses can be overwhelming…and cause great concern in your community. As rumors and misinformation generate fear, people need expert information to better understand the risks to themselves and their families.
“One of the challenges of combating an Ebola outbreak is the fact that the early symptoms of the infection are similar to those of the flu, malaria, typhoid fever, and several bacterial infections, which occur more often and are not as serious. By the time the true nature of the infection becomes known, many people in a community could have been infected.
The swiftness of the infection has been noted by some authors. Others feel, however, that the two-week course of the infection is not unusually quick. The latter view is true when a patient is near medical care in a developed country. However, in rural regions of Africa where Ebola is most common, medical care may be days in coming and even then may not be capable of dealing with a severe infection. In that situation, even a disease that develops within a week is swift and serious.
The rapid spread of Ebola is also aided by the location of most of the outbreaks. The areas in Africa where Ebola appears are poor, rural, and do not have medical facilities close by. The health care facilities that are available are not likely to have space available to isolate the patient from other patients, which can contribute to the spread of the infection.” 
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1. Kluger, Jeffrey. “Ebola Panic Goes Viral.” Time20 Oct. 2014. Nursing and Allied Health Collection. Web. 16 Oct. 2014.
2. Hoyle, Brian. “Ebola.” Infectious Diseases: In Context. Ed. Brenda Wilmoth Lerner and K. Lee Lerner. Vol. 1. Detroit: Gale, 2008. 269-275. In Context Series. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 16 Oct. 2014.