Freeport Middle School was on high alert Wednesday after one student falsely told another student that her father was being evaluated for the Ebola virus after testing positive for a rash. “The student’s father has no symptoms of Ebola, nor is he being tested for the virus,” Freeport Middle School Principal Raymond Grogan wrote in a letter to parents.
Ebola is an often fatal virus, the spread of which has reached epidemic proportions in west Africa. The first patient diagnosed with the illness in the United States died earlier this week. The federal Centers for Disease Control reports that the chance of an outbreak in the U.S. is “very low.”
Other top health stories this week:
Taking advantage of a controversial first-in-the-nation law that allows Maine residents to buy medicines from some foreign countries, the Great British Drugstore touts “British drugs at British prices.” A Maine pharmacy group urged Maine consumers to view the new site with skepticism.
“We can’t arrest and incarcerate our way out of this problem,” Michael Botticelli, acting director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, told a Bangor crowd during a Wednesday town hall forum titled “Pain that Kills: Confronting Bangor’s Opiate Epidemic.”
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If you learn one thing from this blog post, I hope it is that if you’re due for a mammogram, don’t put it off.
After the Couch, Pattie Reaves
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Compiled by BDN Health Editor Jackie Farwell