Tuesday, September 30, 2014

About that Ebola patient in Dallas

Posted By on Tue, Sep 30, 2014 at 5:17 PM

click to enlarge Ebola: A nasty little virus. - SHUTTERSTOCK
  • Ebola: A nasty little virus.
I watch too many zombie flicks. 

And yes, maybe that influenced my thinking when I told my editors in August that Ebola would hit America. How, I asked, could the country prevent the infection from coming to the U.S. when patients can be asymptomatic, and airlines are still running between the U.S. and infected portions of Africa?

Furthermore, when Ebola does present symptoms, which is also when it becomes contagious through bodily fluids, it looks an awful lot like the flu. A person may not know they have the virus. And let's face it, they also may not want to admit to themselves that something so deadly is what's causing them to feel sick. 

Well, the bad news is, I was right. Ebola has officially spread to the U.S. via a patient in Dallas who recently flew in from Liberia. The good news is that health experts don't expect Ebola to spread here the way it has sadly spread through parts of Africa, killing thousands.

Our health systems are advanced, and the virus is expected to be easily contained. But if you're interested in what the risk is in the Springs, and how we're preparing for any possible outbreak, you could read my story from August on that very subject.

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