The world is currently experiencing the worst Ebola outbreak on record. It started in Guinea in December 2013 and has since spread to four other countries in West Africa. On September 30, a patient was diagnosed in the United States for the first time. Thomas Eric Duncan left Liberia on September 19 and arrived in Dallas on September 20. Four days later, he began feeling ill; the following night, he went to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. Duncan died on Wednesday, October 8th at 7:51 a.m.
A second patient was subsequently reported, a nurse at the same Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas where Duncan was treated, an official who is familiar with the case told CNN. That made her the first known transmission of Ebola in the United States and the second diagnosis in the country. Dr. Tom Frieden, the director of the CDC said the nurse had “extensive contact” on “multiple occasions” with Duncan, but “At some point, there was a breach in protocol, and that breach in protocol resulted in this infection,” he said at a news conference Sunday. “The (Ebola treatment) protocols work. … But we know that even a single lapse or breach can result in infection.”
Altogether, the outbreak has infected more than 6,500 people and killed about 3,000. The World Health Organization estimates at least 416 health care workers have contracted Ebola, and at least 233 have died.
Unfortunately, as Ebola spreads, there has been a surprising amount of misinformation on the subject. Read on to discover common myths you might have heard about Ebola, debunked.