What did you do last Wednesday evening? Well, I went to a presentation about HIV and vaccine research at my school sponsored by our Global Health Club. Personally, I’ve been interested in infectious diseases and global/public health for some years, and it was interesting to talk with students and researchers who share this interest.
Right now is an interesting time for global health and infectious disease because of – you guessed it – the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. This epidemic has infected 13,268 people and killed 4,960 and has caused infections in countries outside of Africa. This has caused a great panic among citizens of these countries because of the terrifying symptoms that Ebola causes. But it’s important to remember that it is quite challenging for an ordinary person living in the US to contract Ebola and that not all Ebola cases will result in the extreme symptoms that the media focuses on. Here in the US we have access to excellent health care that is supported by strong infrastructure that will prevent an outbreak here. Continue reading