The confirmation that two nurses were infected with the Ebola virus has had a devastating short-term effect on the bottom line of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital.
The Ebola virus' history in the United States has been quite limited: One overseas and two domestic infections in total, far fewer than the number of people in the country who will die today from automobile accidents or influenza. It also appears the contacts the three patients have had have did not lead to any further infections, confirming that the hysteria surrounding Ebola in the United States is exactly that.
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