Infectious Disease Expert speaks to Fort Valley State University

FORT VALLEY, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Dr. Earl Long worked in Africa for two years to improve health services.

During that time, he saw how unfit the hospitals and labs were to treat patients.

On Wednesday, he shared his experiences and opinions on Ebola with Fort Valley State University. 

Students feel they benefited from Dr. Long’s Ebola lecture.

“It answered some of my questions. It also validated my reasoning for not being overly concerned about Ebola,” explained Alexandra Neal, a student at Fort Valley State University. 

While in Africa, Dr. Long’s main area of concern was Malaria. However, there was an Ebola outbreak during his time there.

After his lecture, students were able to ask questions about the virus.

One student wanted to know if Ebola would make its way to Middle Georgia.

Dr. Long doesn’t see that happening. He believes as long as people know the facts, they will be fine. 

“Ebola is not walking about waiting to attack people. Ebola is not the only infectious disease that there is,” explained Dr. Long.

He also has some advice for the people who are still nervous. 

“Do the ordinary things. Washing your hands after you get out of the bathroom,” said Dr. Long.

He wants to remind everyone that Ebola can only be spread through contact with an infected person’s bodily fluids. 

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