Ebola Victims and Health Care Workers
Atlanta - With the death of the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States, as well as its first transmissions in this country, concern about the deadly virus is growing.
"We have to be really careful not to let fear take hold of us..." reflects Nancy Writebol, Ebola survivor.
The Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is working with other groups to clear up myths and quiet fears about the spread of Ebola in the U.S.
The numbers are staggering! At least 8,033 people in West Africa have been infected with Ebola and more than 4,000 have died, according to the World Health Organization. The WHO notes that these figures underestimate the true scope of the outbreak, as overwhelmed responders fall behind in their ability to report cases. Health care workers also continue to fall ill: 232 of the 401 health workers stricken by Ebola in West Africa have died.
The spread of the virus to the U.S. can be cause for alarm, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Thomas Frieden reassures us, "There are protocols in place to stop Ebola."
"The existence of the first case of Ebola spread in the U.S. changes some things and it doesn't change some things," Frieden said on Oct. 13. "It doesn't change the fact that we know how Ebola spreads. It doesn't change the fact that it's possible to treat Ebola safely. But it does change substantially how we approach it."
Lord, help all Ebola patients with your healing love and comfort. Grant eternal rest to those who have died or will die in the future and bless all researchers, health care givers and those providing intervention support. Grant them divine protection, intervention and deliverance as they strive to bring your healing and providential care to the sick and the dying of all those suffering with the disease.
Lord, grant enduring faith, hope and charity to all nations battling this disease and inspire all peoples to pray and be generous with their resources for those involved in this tragic epidemic. Help us remember your promises of eternal salvation and eternal life, which await us all in the life yet to come. Let charity not fear inspire our response to life's many critical challenges.
Our Lady of Perpetual Help pray for us and all those who need our prayers. May God's perfect will be done in our lives. May all that we suffer in this life be used for the good of souls in this life and the next. Amen
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