Ebola Virus Is Spreading: Should You Be Concerned?

ebola virusAs the worst Ebola outbreak in human history rages across West Africa, the obvious question Americans are asking is: Could it come here? The answer is yes, it probably will. But it’s not worth losing sleep over, experts say.

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The virus is one of the deadliest ever seen, killing up to 90 percent of its victims. And the death isn’t pretty. About half of patients exhibit the gruesome bleeding symptoms. But it can also resemble other tropical diseases, like dengue with its high fever, so Ebola is sometimes missed in its early stages.

In West Africa, 672 people have died of the Ebola virus. Fears of a global Ebola pandemic are “justified,” Dr. Derek Gatherer has said, following the death of Patrick Sawyer and treasured virologist, Sheik Umar Khan, who had treated more than 100 Ebola patients.

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