12/1 Community Conversations: Fact, Fiction and Ebola

Dec 2, 2014

Ebola virus
Credit Flickr/ CDC Global

Readers know that Ebola makes for a terrifying threat in novels.  Whether the characters are endangered by it as a flesh-eating disease or the bad guys are plotting bioterrorism with it, most people are only familiar with the virus as a plot contrivance in a book.

Once Ebola stepped off the page, though, and became a global concern – or panic, if you will – conflicting information AND conflicting attitudes began to emerge.

From internet memes to emergency response plans to polarizing opinions on how to handle the disease … the topic of Ebola is front and center in many places around the world.