DeKalb County holds forum about Ebola virus

by: Rachel Stockman Updated:

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DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - DeKalb County officials say there is growing fear about the Ebola virus, especially in communities with large populations of refugees from West Africa.
 

On Tuesday, the DeKalb County Board of Health held a community forum to address concerns and fears.
 
“We’ve heard mumbling of people being afraid.  I know in our own health department, there is this fear, ‘Oh they are from Africa, do something with them,’” said Dr. Sandra Elizabeth Ford, the district health director for DeKalb County.
 
“There are a lot more infections here in DeKalb that people really need to be worried about that are much more easily contracted then Ebola,” Ford said.
 
Ford said for example, that tuberculosis and the flu are much more contagious and prevalent in DeKalb County.
 
DeKalb County is home to one of the largest refugee populations in the Southeast and many are from West Africa.
 
Ford said the mayor of Clarkston, which has a large refugee population, called her concerned about fear in his community.
 
She said that is part of the reason they held the panel.
 
Much of the information about the presentation can be found here.