Ebola Virus: What You Need to Know

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary: The risk of an Ebola outbreak to people in the U.S. or other areas of the world outside West Africa is extremely low.
Air Date: 8/20/14
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Yvonne A. Maldonado, MD
bonnie 2012 pictureYvonne (Bonnie) A. Maldonado, MD, is Professor and Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases, Director of Global Child Health, Department of Pediatrics, and Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Diversity at Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California. Dr. Maldonado attended Stanford University School of Medicine, completed a pediatric residency program and pediatric infectious diseases fellowship at the Department of Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University. She was and Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, prior to joining the faculty at Stanford University. She has led a number of NIH, CDC, Gates Foundation and WHO funded domestic and international pediatric vaccine studies, as well as studies in prevention and treatment of perinatal HIV infection in the US, Mexico and Africa. She is currently the vice chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Infectious Diseases and a member of the HHS National Vaccine Advisory Committee.

She has over 110 peer reviewed publications in scientific journals and is co-editor of the textbook Infectious Diseases of the Fetus and Newborn Infant and the American Academy of Pediatrics Red Book.
 Ebola Virus: What You Need to Know
You are likely very much aware of the ongoing attention focused on the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in some West African countries, which continues to escalate.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) considers Ebola to pose little risk to persons in the U.S. at this time.

It should be noted that Ebola virus is only spread through direct contact with bodily fluids of a person who is sick with, or has died from, Ebola OR has had contact with objects contaminated with the virus (needles, medical equipment).

Ebola is NOT a respiratory disease like the flu. Translation: Ebola is NOT transmitted through the air.

Listen in as Yvonne A. Maldonado, MD, gives you the 411 on Ebola and whether or not you should be concerned.

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