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Mary Beth Kilinski, Psy.D., a private practitioner in Cranston, R.I. thinks people in this geographic area may not perceive Ebola as a near-enough threat.

Epidemics: psychologists urge vigilance

By Phyllis Hanlon

Government officials attired in hazmat suits; dead bodies under blankets; hospital personnel wearing facemasks, gowns and head coverings – images like these have flashed across the front pages of newspapers and television screens across the country since word of the devastating Ebola epidemic in West Africa broke. Once the illness arrived in the United States, news stories became personal for some individuals. But psychologists urge watchfulness, rather than panic, when it comes to the possibility of an extensive outbreak. An Oct. 14 poll conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation reports that 73 percent of Americans believe that Ebola will be [More]