Ebola. Say that word in South Florida, and create instant fright. Say chronic bronchitis, and Floridians might suddenly have the attention span of a goldfish.
An Ebola case has yet to be reported in South Florida, and turning on the local news has created paranoia. Dallas nurse Amber Vinson, boarded a Frontier Airlines plane that flew from Cleveland to Ft. Lauderdale and back to Cleveland again. The CDC and Frontier Airlines are searching for Floridians who boarded the plane for evaluation. Despite creating national panic, Vinson has not contracted the Ebola virus, and doctors say the chances of Florida passengers to have contracted Ebola are extremely low.
The Ebola survival rate in the United States is at 80 percent. In Miami-Dade County, there are far more likely causes of death than an Ebola outbreak can create.
[Update: First nurse to contract Ebola, Nina Pham, survives]
In 2012, 26.1 percent of fatalities in Miami were due to heart disease, according the Florida Department of Health. Heart disease kills 600,000 men and women each year in the United States. Every 34 seconds, a person has a heart attack and each minute a person dies from a heart-related issue. About 49 percent of Americans have at least one of three heart disease risk factors such as: high cholesterol, smoking and high blood pressure.
By eating a healthy diet, taking any medications for existing conditions, quitting smoking, exercising and limiting alcohol intake, you can minimize your risk at becoming a statistic to the most deadly disease nation-wide.
Cancer is stealing lives every day, and stole 42,350 lives in Miami in 2013 and 22.2 percentage of deaths in 2012. Cancer has claimed 37 percent of women’s lives and men’s lives 58 percent in the United States. A cancer case rates indicated the top three cancers in Florida were breast cancer, prostate, and lung cancer.
Yearly mammograms and breast self-examinations for women are highly recommended in the early detection of breast cancer. Those eligible for a lung cancer screenings according to the ACS, must meet specific requirements. PSA blood tests can indicate whether or not a patient is susceptible to prostate cancer.
Chronic lower respiratory disease
Diseases in this category include bronchitis, emphysema and asthma. Chronic lower respiratory disease, also known as COPD, takes 120,000 of lives in the U.S. each year. In Miami, 4.6 percent of residents died from some sort of COPD. Air pollutants, tobacco and genetics are risk factors of COPD.
Cutting back on smoking and being aware of what pollutants you’re around on a daily basis, can reduce the risk of contracting any COPD.
Around 150 people travel from Africa to the United States and the country has begun implementing travel regulations in certain areas, says TIME. Ebola is thriving in the third-world countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, but can’t seem to stabilize anywhere else.
The U.S. has an abundant of medical resources to put Ebola out of business. The chances of an Ebola case in Florida are likely, but they are more likely to result in successful treatment. If Ebola was a person, it should fear us instead.
Furthur prevention basics can be found by visiting: http://www.cdc.gov/