Alexandria, VA | October 17, 2014
An outbreak of Ebola has been ongoing in West Africa since March 2014. Although the risk of an Ebola outbreak in the United States is very low, CDC and partners are taking precautions to prevent this from happening.
Outbreak distribution map from CDC:
A quick look at Ebola Facts
Context is Key
It is never good when more than a thousand people die from a preventable illness—however that number shouldn't be cited out of context. By comparison, more than 1.6 million people died worldwide as a result of HIV/AIDS in 2012, according to WHO. Measles—a disease which already has an effective vaccine—claimed the lives of more than 122,000 people globally the same year. This is not meant to downplay the loss of those who have died or have lost family members to the disease—it is simply an attempt to give a sobering look at some of the larger health issues taking a back seat to Ebola during the time of this outbreak.
The goal is to minimize unnecessary school disruption and reduce fear and anxiety by keeping well informed of the current events relating to Ebola. Knowledge is power. Ebola Virus Information and Resources.
Talking to children about Ebola and helping to separate fact from fiction, visit the following sites:
HAND WASHING is the first and most important step in preventing the spread of infectious diseases!