Health: Ebola Epidemic

It seems as if the news about Ebola just gets worse and worse… and here comes more bad news: a nurse who treated a patient who had the Ebola virus has gotten it as well. She is the first person to contract Ebola in the United States. Officials say though the nurse was wearing protective wear, there must have been a breach in Ebola safety protocol. The nurse felt symptoms of sickness on Friday, and later tested positive for the Ebola virus. The nurse is now in isolation. Recently, Ebola has been compared to the AIDS epidemic. “In the 30 years I’ve been working public health, the only thing like this has been AIDS, and we have to work now so that this is not the world’s next AIDS,” said Dr. Tom Freiden, the head of the CDC. With the virus spreading, many wonder whether US hospitals are prepared to take on this virus.

Contributor: Ashni Nadgauda

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