From the American Public Health Association:
Ebola, the serious, often fatal disease spread by interaction with the blood or fluids of a symptomatic infected person, has been making headlines across the country. And for good reason: this is the largest Ebola outbreak in history. The public is asking questions and wondering if they’re at risk.
But the truth is, unless you live in West Africa, where the latest Ebola outbreak has been focused, or if you are a health worker who works with Ebola patients, you’re probably safe.
These five threats, however, are lurking nearby.
- Antibiotic-resistant bacteria- from skin infections to mutated strains of sexually transmitted diseases
- Severe weather- storms, flooding, and droughts
- Mosquito viruses- malaria, chikungunya, dengue and West Nile virus, among other diseases
- Vehicle and pedestrian safety- vehicle crashes are the No. 1 cause of death for young people in the United States
- Obesity- more than one-third of U.S. adults are obese, which can increase a person’s risk of developing a myriad of diseases
Learn more from the American Public Health Association.