Covering Ebola in 2015: GW Looks Back January 8, 2016 By Will Sowards Leave a Comment The Ebola outbreak that began in 2014 has taken thousands of lives in West Africa, and the fight against this deadly disease still continues today. Many in the public health community blame media outlets for breeding public hysteria about the risk of Ebola spreading in the United States. The news media’s misinformation created anxiety among consumers, but public understanding of the outbreak didn’t improve. The alarmist and sensationalist rhetoric used by news anchors failed to portray that, in reality, the chance of contracting Ebola in the United States is very unlikely. According to NPR data, Americans have only a 1 in 13.3 million chance of catching the virus. MPH@GW, the online master of public health from the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University published a roundup of the stories behind that headlines that reveal the heroes of the outbreak and lessons to be learned to prepare for a similar public health emergency in the future. Check out some of the pieces they highlighted here.