Ebola: How Big is the U.S. Threat?
Oct 08, 2014 01:55PM ● Published by Cate Reynolds
News organization around the world are now supplying round-the-clock coverage, and, as the freelance cameraperson recently illustrated, their employees are at risk. [The cameraman suspects he may have gotten infected when he spray-washed a vehicle where someone had died. He did not say why he had been doing that.]
Ebola, importantly, is not a disease one contracts easily. As the Washington Post pointed out, it is much less contagious than measles or influenza. It IS NOT an airborne virus. It is transmitted through bodily fluids. Which means that Ebola IS a sexually transmitted disease. The World Health Organization reports that Men who have recovered from the disease can still transmit the virus through their semen for up to seven weeks after recovery from illness.”
Here in Anne Arundel County, experts are calm, but vigilant. A leading epidemiologist affiliated with AAMC, Mary Clance, M.D., further reassures us if the worst should happen: “Anne Arundel Medical Center is well-prepared to care for Ebola Patients. For Ebola, as well as other viruses, such as MERS, a functional travel triage query has been in place. Appropriate risk assessment, immediate isolation, staff education, and communications are the essential elements. Coordination with local EMS, the local health department, and the DHMH [Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene] has been established.”