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Half of Americans fundamentally misunderstand Ebola
Washington Post

There’s a reason politicians are mentioning Ebola on the campaign trail: Many Americans are reasonably concerned about the disease.

But why are people that concerned about Ebola? Well, in large part, it’s because they fundamentally misunderstand it.

Case in point: A new Kaiser Family Foundation poll. The poll asked Americans a series of questions about how the disease can spread from one person to another. As you might imagine, they flunked the test.