Lexington-Fayette Co. Health Dpt: No Need To Panic About Ebola

Lexington-Fayette Co. Health Dpt: No Need To Panic About Ebola

It's a deadly disease making headlines all over the world: Ebola. But, the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department said there's no reason to panic.
It's a deadly disease making headlines all over the world - Ebola.

It has killed more than 800 people in Africa this year.

But, the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department said there's no reason to panic.

There are zero cases in Kentucky.

According to the health department, Ebola is not easily transmitted.

It's very rare- the only way you can catch the disease is direct contact.

And anytime you travel outside the United States, people do run the risk of exposure.

That's why they said it's important to contact your doctor before taking off.

In the United States- there are two cases.

The first patient to be treated for the virus is recovering at an Atlanta Hospital, after his arrival from Africa.

The second American infected is expected to arrive later this week.

Kevin Hall with the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department said because this is such a rare disease, it's important to be educated about it.

"In order to treat a disease particularly an unknown disease - you have to know how it works. It's one of the big things we can learn, as more and more cases are reported and people brought in the country. And not only are being treated, but the top doctors are trying to figure out what cures are in place. You have to be able to understand it before you treat it," said Hall.

If you would like more information on ways to protect yourself, visit: cdc.gov







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