Some Ebola Myths


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Lots of ebola alarm in the media, one researcher decided do debunk some myths which basically translates to; “don’t panic, especially out of West Africa.” Myth 3 for example:

I blame this one on The Hot Zone, which provided graphic descriptions of what could happen with an Ebola infection, including bleeding from every body orifice and “liquefying” internally. However, that’s not what usually does happen. More commonly, patients look weak and are very ill. There may be blood in their vomit or diarrhea, or occasionally from their gums or nose. Dehydration is a big problem, and in some cases getting intravenous fluids may be the difference between life and death. But blood does not typically “pour” from a person as their skin tears off at the touch, as The Hot Zone suggested.