Colorado Prepares For Possibility of Ebola [poll]
While the nation is up in arms with the news of a man in Texas who brought the Ebola virus to the U.S., the state of Colorado is doing its part to be ready for the possibility of Ebola within it's borders.
According to the Denver Post, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has contacted health facilities, providers, and laboratories to be on the look out for and evaluate patients who have Ebola like systems. So far, there have been no reported cases of Ebola in the state.
Web MD says symptoms of Ebola appear 2-21 days after a person is infected. Symptoms include high fever, headache, joint and muscle aches, sore throat, weakness, stomach pain, and lack of appetite. There's about a 90% mortality rate for people infected with the virus.
NBC News reports that as many as 100 people could have come in contact with Thomas Eric Duncan, the man who has been diagnosed with the virus, which is spread via bodily fluids.
Officials have been attempting to ward off wide-spread panic and fear, but it's only natural that people are going to have concerns, considering this is the first time we have had to deal with something like this. It certainly is possible to be concerned without panic and fear., but there seems to be a lot of people who are gripped by fear. There's no question we will all be watching this situation very closely.