Protestor Jeff Hulbert of Annapolis, Maryland holds a sign reading "Stop the Flights" as he demonstrates in favor of a travel ban to stop the spread of the Ebola virus, in front of the White House in Washington October 16, 2014. REUTERS/Jim Bourg
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PARIS: Airport baggage handlers refusing to unload suitcases, a journalist quarantined by his wife, parents taking kids out of school: Hysteria over Ebola has reached fever-pitch the world over despite repeated calls for calm. The virus has killed nearly 4,500 people, most of them in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, and the disease has reared its ugly head further afield in the United States and Spain, sparking post-apocalyptic fears of mass contagion. Symptoms of Ebola include fever, headache, diarrhea, vomiting and in some cases bleeding.The fear of a disease that is killing 70 percent of those infected in West Africa, according to the World Health Organization, has well and truly taken hold.In Spain, the infection of a nurse who treated two Ebola patients sparked widespread concern.
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