Ebola Myths 1

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Ebola is a deadly virus and, with reports of the first cases in the United States, myths and fear surrounding Ebola seems to be spreading as fast as the virus itself. Dr. Edward Hill begins a two-part look at some of the myths surrounding the Ebola virus in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

An international response to the recent Ebola outbreak is ongoing, yet global concern about the virus is spreading. How worried should you be? Lets take a look at some of the myths surrounding the Ebola virus.

Myth: Ebola can be spread through the air. Fact: Ebola spreads through direct contact with an infected persons blood or bodily fluids, contaminated items and infected animals. Direct contact means through the eyes, mouth, nostrils, ears, genitals or open wounds.

Myth: Youll know right away if youve been exposed to Ebola. Fact: The time between exposure to Ebola and the appearance of symptoms is two to 21 days. If you think you have been exposed, call your doctor. Keep an eye out for symptoms.

Myth: It is likely that a person will die after contracting Ebola. Fact: About half of the people who were infected with Ebola virus during an outbreak in West Africa in 2014 died. Recovery and chances for survival depend on supportive clinical care and the patients immune response.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.