7 Things to Remember About Ebola

Before we get carried away by apocolyptic thinking, it’s important to keep a few facts in mind:

1. Only 6 countries are involved, Giunea, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Senegal and the DRC.

2. In Senegal, there has been 1 case and 0 deaths.The only region affected is Dakar. There has not been a new infection since 29 Aug 2014.

3. In Nigeria, the most populous of the affected counties there have been 21 cases and 8 deaths. The only areas affected are Lagos and Port Harcourt. On 11 September 2014, Nigeria announced that it no longer has an active case of Ebola.

4. There have been no cases in countries bordering the afore-mentioned affected countries: Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Ivory Coast. The outbreak in the DRC was unrelated to the west African outbreak.

5. Since the oubreak began, despite many false alarms, there have been no locally tranmitted cases outside the affected countries.

6. The WHO has stated that the risk of catching Ebola on an airplane is very low.

7. Despite much speculation, the EBV has not mutated to become transmissable through the air. It can be quite easily contained by well-known practices of wearing PPEs by HCWs, isolation of active cases, and contact tracing and quarantine of close contacts.

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Dan Mullin is an active writer and editor for the Pluto Daily who covered the 2014 Ebola Outbreak. Mullin attended the Wake Forest School of Medicine before leaving to pursue his lifelong science goal of allowing humans to live forever via a computer/brain transfer.