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Should You Worry About an Ebola Outbreak in the US?

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  • US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has raised its level of emergency alertness to “Level 1” in response to the Ebola virus, following outbreaks in West Africa
  • Affected areas include Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Nigeria. Two infected American aid workers have been brought back to the US for treatment
  • The outbreak involves Zaire ebolavirus, which produces symptoms within six to 16 days of infection. The virus leads to severe immunosuppression, but most deaths are attributed to dehydration caused by gastric problems
  • The West African outbreak is spreading via contact with bodily fluids from an infected person. Those at greatest risk are women caring for sick relatives, those handling the dead, and health care workers
  • A number of fast-tracked vaccines are in the works. There are tremendous hazards inherent with fast-tracking vaccines, and US regulations already place ALL the risk on the public receiving the vaccine

By Dr. Mercola

For the third time in the history of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the agency has raised its level of emergency alertness to "Level 1"—this time in response to the Ebola virus, following outbreaks in West Africa.


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