What’s scary about Ebola; reasons not to fear it

  // Monday, 11 August 2014 09:24 //
Associated Press photo by Abbas Dulleh -- Liberia President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, left, appears on a public information banner Friday warning people about the Ebola virus in the city of Monrovia, Liberia.
CONNIE CASS| Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The United States’ top disease detective calls Ebola a “painful, dreadful, merciless virus.

The World Health Organization has declared the outbreak in West Africa an international emergency, killing more than 900 people and spreading.

That’s scary and serious. But it also cries out for context.

AIDS alone takes more than a million lives per year in Africa — a thousand times the toll of this Ebola outbreak so far.

Lung infections such as pneumonia are close behind as the No. 2 killer.

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