Ebola: A Social Work Guide

Ebola: A Social Work Guide
Kristie Yeakle, Fort Detrall Alternate Bio Safety Office, inserts an air filter into a Personal Protective Equipment mask - the suit is used in an effort to train personnel to respond quickly, effectively and safely in the event of potential Ebola cases in the United States, on San Antonio Military Medical Center, Texas, Oct. 23, 2014. The training will prepare military medical professionals to work alongside civilian counterparts to respond to the disease if needed. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class David R. Cooper)
Map of Africa highlighting Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea

The 2014 Ebola epidemic is the largest in world history, with more than 14,000 cases reported and over 5,000 deaths, as of November 2014.

The outbreak is occurring primarily in the West African nations of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. However, a handful of cases have been reported in other African nations, Europe and in the United States, where two people came down with Ebola after returning from infected regions.

Social workers can play a key role in educating people about Ebola and allaying public concern about the disease.

The National Association of Social Workers is offering this guide to provide social workers information on the disease and how it is transmitted, behavioral Health resources on the Ebola virus, and accounts and advice from social workers who have worked with people battling Ebola or helping allay concerns about Ebola in the United States.

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