The Milken School at GWU sent out an interesting e-mail earlier this week with a collection of media stories (basically, a news round-up) about the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. I get quite a few messages from PR departments because I manage the IH Blog, but MPH@GW usually puts good information together, so I do not have any qualms sharing it here:
The recent outbreak of Ebola in West Africa has claimed thousands of lives, and although fewer infections are reported each day, the fight to stamp out the virus continues, and the ripple effects of Ebola will be felt for years to come. Many in the public health community blame the media for inciting hysteria about the risk of contracting Ebola in the United States and contributing to vast misinformation about the outbreak. Despite fear mongering headlines and news features, progress against the crisis is being made, and technological advances are being discovered that will improve the next response to an outbreak of this magnitude. MPH@GW is featuring coverage of the crisis that focused on the real story, and not sensationalist headlines, and highlighted truth, heroism, and new advances.
The hysteria surrounding Ebola in this country was indeed frustrating to just about every public health professional I work with, and it led to some really disappointing political pandering and discrimination. The round-up itself is pretty good, too – I recommend checking it out.