Putting Ebola's risks into perspective

October 1, 2014 10:43 PM

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Putting Ebola's risks into perspective

The diagnosis of the first Ebola patient on U.S. soil this week has put people in a panic, causing many to fear the exotic virus more than more mundane germs – such as influenza – that pose a far greater threat to the average American.

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa – the largest in the 40-year history of the virus – has infected 7,178 and killed 3,338, according to the World Health Organization.

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