Last Tuesday, August 19, I had the opportunity to talk about the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and the the media hype surrounding it on the TV show, “Off the Grid” with former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura.
The segment aired today on Ora.Tv.
Gov. Ventura and I went over the seriousness of the outbreak in Africa, the risk of an Ebola outbreak in the United States and the transmission of the lethal pathogen, among other topics.
According to the World Health Organization, Ebola virus disease (EVD) is a severe, often fatal illness, with a case fatality rate of up to 90%. It is one of the world’s most virulent diseases.The infection is transmitted by direct contact with the blood, body fluids and tissues of infected animals or people.
Severely ill patients require intensive supportive care. During an outbreak, those at higher risk of infection are health workers, family members and others in close contact with sick people and deceased patients.
Ebola outbreaks can devastate families and communities, but the infection can be controlled through the use of recommended protective measures in clinics and hospitals, at community gatherings, or at home.
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