Why Is Ebola So Terrifying?

October 10, 2014 11:07 AM

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Why Is Ebola So Terrifying?

Yesterday Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian man and the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States, died at a Texas hospital. As fear ramps up around the Ebola virus and fever screenings are put in place at selected airports across the country, the public’s fear seems to be growing out of proportion to their real risk.

Death from any disease is frightening, but some deaths are worse than others. The gory characteristics of Ebola infection are scary — including not only fever but vomiting, diarrhea and bleeding. Combine that with a high fatality rate and no cure or vaccine — it’s a truly terrifying disease.

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