How Ebola Is Spread From Human to Human
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Yahoo News is reporting that two Americans infected with Ebola will be treated in the United States, marking the first time the deadly virus has been treated within U.S. borders.
The evacuations of Dr. Kent Brantly and missionary Nancy Writebol are being facilitated by the State Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Emory University in Atlanta announced at a press conference on Friday that it will be treating two patients with the Ebola virus.
As of this week, Ebola virus disease (EVD) has killed more than 700 people, according to the World Health Organization. There is no cure and no vaccine for EVD, which kills between 60 and 90 percent of its victims. The current outbreak — the largest in history — originated in Liberia and has spread to neighboring countries, but it has been contained thus far to West Africa.
The news that people infected with disease will be treated here in the U.S. sparked quite a reaction on social media, inspiring even a certain celebrity billionaire to take to Twitter in protest:
CDC director Thomas Frieden, M.D., called Ebola “a dreadful, merciless virus” on a press call on Thursday, so it’s understandable that Americans would be concerned. But the chance that someone in the general population will contract Ebola is still extremely small.