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3 Infections You Should Worry About More Than Ebola

Thursday, 02 Oct 2014 01:34 PM

Americans are tracking the spread of Ebola to the United States, and fear it will reach their city, sickening and killing thousands of people. Those fears are groundless, says Dr. Liise-Anne Pirofski, chief of infectious diseases at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. "The idea that Ebola will take over the United States is an unfounded fear," she told Yahoo Health.

Dr. Robert Schooley, chief of infectious diseases at the UC San Diego School of Medicine, agrees, telling Yahoo Health that because of Ebola's short incubation period, he sees the Texas case as an exception rather than the rule. "It's a threat in any place that airplanes can land, but we have the means to prevent it from spreading," Schooley said.

Instead of worrying about Ebola, say Pirofski and Schooley. Americans should be more worried about their risk of three infectious diseases that the average person is much more likely to catch:

  • Influenza. "More people will die this winter from the flu than Ebola," Schooley said. The biggest problem is that new strains emerge that aren't covered by the vaccine for that particular year.
  • MRSA. MRSA is bacteria that doesn't respond to traditional antibiotics used to treat infections, and it can cause life-threatening infections.
  • Resistant Gonorrhea. A form of gonorrhea that's resistant to the antibiotics normally used to treat the infection has spread to the United States, causing pelvic inflammatory disease and infertility in women.

To read the entire Yahoo Health article, go here.  

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