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Panic Attacks over Ebola Sprout up in Strange Spots in the U.S.

A school principal in Mississippi is on leave from work because he recently went to Africa for his brother’s funeral, illustrating how a few diagnosed cases of Ebola in the United States have prompted bursts of panic in unexpected places. That funeral was held in Zambia (a country in Africa, as some panicked parents correctly discerned), but it’s quite a distance from the Ebola-stricken area, the equivalent of Canada to El Salvador. Dr. Roxane Silver, a professor of psychology and social behavior at the University of California, who hopes to study the role of press coverage in feeding public fear, said the current Ebola scare closely resembles the anthrax scare of 2001.

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