Doctor says Ebola panic is unwarranted

Tampa, Florida -- While the news headlines about Ebola can be scary, a Tampa physician says Americans do not need to worry.

Thousands of concerned Americans asking what, how, and why as they watch news reports of two missionaries infected with the deadly virus arrive in the United States from Liberia for treatment at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.

And panic is clearly spreading.

"There's been a lot of sensationalism, big headlines. Ebola!," said Mark Flodin, a physician at GMS in Tampa. He has been practicing medicine for more than 27 years, and he's seen it all.

"People do not need to worry. The two cases in Atlanta are under strict isolation," said Flodin.

Flodin explains even though Ebola is deadly and highly contagious, it has never turned into a pandemic, even in African nations where it was first discovered back in 1976.

It is rare, and the World Health Organization has already mobilized a team of highly trained scientists to stop it in Africa before it spreads.

"The chances of contracting out on the street are probably close to zero at this point," said Flodin.

While it's true the first Ebola patients are here in the U.S, you don't have anything to worry about because the CDC has this situation wrapped tight in precaution. You're best weapon to stay safe and healthy is to be informed.

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