The Ebola virus has killed more than 4,000 people in West Africa since the epidemic began earlier this year and is now spreading to other parts of the world. It was reported recently that a nurse assistant in Madrid, Spain, became the first health care worker outside of West Africa to be infected with Ebola. The Associated Press reported more than 370 health care workers in West Africa have either died or fallen ill after contracting the virus.
Fears about Ebola becoming an epidemic in the U.S. are spreading now that the second person in the U.S. has been diagnosed with the virus. A health care provider who cared for Thomas Eric Duncan while he was in the hospital in Texas has tested positive for the virus. Duncan died of the illness on October 8.
At the same time, Enterovirus-D68 (EV-D68) has been attacking and killing young children nationwide. In some cases, EV-D68 has left the youngsters partially paralyzed. CNN reported that the Centers for Disease Control and state health laboratories have documented over 600 cases of EV-D68 in 46 states and the District of Columbia.
With the Ebola epidemic, it’s inevitable that people will become fearful when they are next to someone who has symptoms of the cold or flu. We are also hearing of certain individuals blaming politicians as well as those who unknowingly are virus carriers, for the outbreak. As united believers in Jesus Christ, we are not to panic or look for someone to blame. We are called to pray, take precautions and entrust our lives to God. To do that, we must: