EBOLA: Boca Area Docs Say Patients "Very Aware," Somewhat Concerned


BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — It’s a not a mad dash to the doc’s office, but news that Miami’s Jackson Memorial Hospital recently tested a patient for Ebola is not falling on deaf ears in Boca Raton. A very unscientific sampling of area primary care physicians reveals that Ebola is becoming a frequent topic of conversation during routine checkups and sick visits.

While not reaching the panic levels of H1N1 of a few years ago, medical professionals tell BocaNewsNow.com that patients of all ages — but especially the elderly — are asking about the disease and whether they may be at risk.

As Boca Raton is not in Africa, the risk for those Boca-bound is, in fact, quite slim. Here’s what the Mayo Clinic has to say:

Ebola virus has been found in African monkeys, chimps and other nonhuman primates. A milder strain of Ebola has been discovered in monkeys and pigs in the Philippines. Marburg virus has been found in monkeys, chimps and fruit bats in Africa.

For the complete description of Ebola, including symptoms and related information, click here for the Mayo Clinic’s complete rundown.

And while we never say never, rest assured that it’s unlikely you’ll contract Ebola during your normal day-to-day life in Boca Raton.