What would you think about if you heard a person had a fever, sore throat, headache, cough, and body aches? Most people would wonder if that person traveled to West Africa or if they were exposed to somebody who has traveled to West Africa. They might even wonder if that person cared for somebody who had traveled to West Africa. It is a natural reaction, in todays media crazy world, to think of the worst.
In all actuality, if you look up the symptoms on Google for Rhinovirus, the most common of the common cold viruses, this is the list of symptoms you would see. This group of symptoms could represent just about any infection. In our practice and in our area, your child is a billion times more likely to have a Rhinovirus than Ebola. The good news about this Ebola outbreak is that it is still almost completely confined to West Africa.
At this point in time, it is also much more difficult to pass on than many of the common viral infections that we deal with on a regular basis in our area. Ebola is only passed when in contact with an infected patients body fluids, whereas Rhinovirus and many of the other infections we see can be passed in microsized respiratory droplets. So you could sit next to somebody with Ebola and be extremely unlikely to contract it, but you could be in the same room with somebody that has Rhinovirus and easily contract it.
If we do end up with a case of Ebola in our area, it would still be only a very small concern. With the expertise of the medical care in our area the chance of survival improves greatly and the chance of spread is very minimal. Remember, the news is always going to sensationalize and over blow the coverage of something like Ebola, because they need the ratings to sell their advertising. Please contact our office if you have any questions or concerns about your children or are confused.