Ebola in the United States: How scared should you be?

The short answer is, probably not very. The fact of the matter is, in order to contract ebola, you have to have been in close contact with an infected individual or the corpse of an individual killed by the disease. Although the disease is highly lethal, with mortality rates close to 90% for the most virulent strains, it is actually fairly difficult to acquire, and the virus does not spread well.

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