What happened to Ebola?

Just a month or two ago, the entire nation was seemingly worried about the threat of the Ebola virus showing up in cities across the country. Since then, there has been only one identified case of Ebola in the US, but that involved a man being brought from West Africa under the permission of the US government for treatment in Omaha, Nebraska. This man, Martin Salia, later passed away as a victim of the virus, but after the scares in September and October, the hospital taking care of him had taken extreme caution in ensuring that no nurses or doctors would contract the disease. Since Mr. Salia’s death on November 17, there has been almost no media coverage on a pandemic that was certainly going to ravage the United States, as some reported months ago.

While Ebola has lost traction in the US, it continues to destroy the populations of countries such as Sierra Leone and Liberia. Although there have been increased efforts to combat the disease in these countries, the severe lack of medical technologies available in the countries allows Ebola to continue spreading. Eventually the disease will run its course, but not before affecting thousands (and possibly more) in the region.

While many in the US have put Ebola in the back of their minds, countless Americans still fight the disease at its roots in Africa. Nonetheless, it seems as if people back here on the home front have forgotten about these doctors abroad and have forgotten about Ebola entirely.

What’s happened?

There is no clear answer to the question above, but it seems as if the general population of the United States was concerned only when the disease had the potential to affect the United States, a country more than equipped to combat Ebola. The entire situation represents a major problem in America, that of apparent apathy when it comes to issues not directly affecting the US. Until another case of Ebola (or a similar disease) pops up in the country, there will not be concern within the general population of the United States about the destruction caused by it in other, less-developed countries.

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