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Shazam October 21st, 2014 6:13pm

A high school in Wisconsin is hosting some students from Uganda. Parents are concerned they may have been exposed to the Ebola outbreak in Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea. Are their concerns reasonable?

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RedHale Texas
10/22/14 4:14 pm

Even if this was geographically understandable, Ebola can't be spread until after symptoms are present. You would know If someone was showing symptoms.

DuckAndCower
10/22/14 3:35 pm

Anyone who is worried about this is woefully ignorant of African geography.

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RedHale Texas
10/22/14 3:15 pm

If there was a deadly disease in Mexico should everyone in Alaska be quarantined?

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DonWichita Kansas
10/22/14 10:43 am

Yes, so check them out, count the days, and go back to what you were doing before your crisis.

Rosebud Ohio
10/21/14 7:21 pm

Putting aside the distance between the countries... how long ago did school start again?

brenstal Florida
10/21/14 5:41 pm

Uganda hasn't been hit by Ebola like the Liberia. Those kids probably haven't been in contact with an infected person, because it isn't really in their country right now.

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jdixson 8 digits
10/21/14 5:37 pm

I have been to Uganda and it is 1000+ miles from the hot zone. Should someone in Kansas be concerned about an illness in LA?

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GlockMan1 Alabama
10/21/14 5:09 pm

EBOLA has an incubation period of 3 weeks.

dxstap Bloomington, Indiana
10/21/14 4:27 pm

Ask the questions, perform the due diligence. They're probably fine but it's prudent to be sure.

jvc1133 61535
10/21/14 4:52 pm

Be concerned but, with common sense.

moonshot More often I know nothing
10/21/14 4:21 pm

The entire lower 48 of our country would fit inside the Sahara Desert in North Africa.

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jalapeno verdadero
10/21/14 4:06 pm

That's like someone from a country in Africa saying they're scared of getting the flu from someone who came from New York because there is an outbreak in California. Uganda is soooo far from those countries. Settle down.

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RoDe Latinus wordsus
10/21/14 2:45 pm

I work in a store that sells greeting cards a customer came in the other day and got all concerned when they saw that one of our cards was from Africa. Haha I love the ridiculous irrational responses some people have.

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susanr Colorado
10/21/14 6:00 pm

Show them a nice US-made card, from a company in, oh, say, Dallas. I wonder if they'd freak out more, or less.

USNavyVet Sonar Man STG2
10/21/14 2:31 pm

If these kids show no evidence of Ebola, just scare tactics that's all.

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Maj Worth Economist
10/21/14 1:43 pm

Oh god. I'm not surprised, though. I was in Kenya when Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait, and when I got home, so many people expressed relief that Saddam didn't get me.

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Mattwall1
10/21/14 1:45 pm

Please tell me that's a joke...

Maj Worth Economist
10/21/14 1:45 pm

No. Not at all.

Mattwall1
10/21/14 1:46 pm

That's pathetic

susanr Colorado
10/21/14 1:40 pm

Who the heck said yes to this?

I believe it's farther from Uganda to any of those countries than it is from New York City to Los Angeles. Even if people don't know that, couldn't they look at a map?

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Maj Worth Economist
10/21/14 1:45 pm

But they're only inches apart!

Axl752 NY
10/21/14 1:00 pm

That's the geographic equivalent of worrying that someone from South India has been exposed to the ebola outbreak in mongolia.

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Rob Be Safe Be Smart
10/21/14 11:57 am

Wait, do they use a computer? I use a computer!! Did they just give me the Ebola??

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EnderWiggin So disillusioned...
10/21/14 12:21 pm

Those damn viruses are EVERYWHERE man...

Rob Be Safe Be Smart
10/21/14 8:31 pm

Thanks, now I'm singing that at work.

Krystina Let Freedom Reign
10/21/14 11:49 am

The parents of these students need a geography lesson.

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Zod Above Pugetropolis
10/21/14 11:46 am

Apparently, in addition to zero understanding of infectious disease, world geography isn't one of their strengths. That would be like freaking out about maybe getting a wart in Chicago because somebody in Denver touched a toad.

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Zod Above Pugetropolis
10/21/14 11:59 am

Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea isn't anywhere near Uganda - about as far as Canada to Mexico.

TigerShark47 Missouri
10/21/14 3:31 pm

I think we need to worry more about our education system than ebola if these parents can't understand simple geographic and scientific concepts!

Mattwall1
10/21/14 11:31 am

If someone from those countries and who is infected or was in contact with someone who was infected or someone who came in contact with someone infected in those countries is on the flight and infects the Ugandans, maybe. But just some Ugandan

Mattwall1
10/21/14 11:32 am

Students flying to the us having Ebola simply because they're from Uganda? Look at a map people

EnderWiggin So disillusioned...
10/21/14 11:31 am

A radio host I heard last night wisely put the odds at: "You have a greater chance of being an ex-wife of Rush Limbaugh then dying from ebola in the US."

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