Indiana’s new state health commissioner has begun his new job by helping to dispel myths about the Ebola virus. In a weekend editorial, Dr. Jerome Adams says these myths are leading to public anxiety and fear about the disease.
Adams says Ebola is not spread through the air and can be spread only by coming into contact with bodily fluids of an infected person. He says people are only at-risk of the virus if they have travelled to the West African countries of Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia and had contact with an Ebola patient. Adams also that despite public mistrust of government agencies, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the state health department are providing the most up-to-date information to the public.
Indiana has set up a call center to take public questions about Ebola during weekday business hours. That number is 1-877-826-0011.