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This paper examines the role of outbreak information sources through four domains: knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, and stigma related to the 2014 Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak. Given the ongoing and unpredictable threat to human health posed by recent emerging infectious diseases (EID), the appearance and exportation of future novel pathogens is expected to continue and, with it, the dependence on reliable risk communication to assist in disease containment.
The findings of the study suggest that news and social media are critical outlets for delivering reliable risk communication information to the student population. Although these media platforms could serve as powerful outbreak communication tools due to its instant and diverse outreach, the information spread must be monitored to ascertain the veracity of material distributed in order to dispel fear and misconceptions. The authors propose the following recommendations:
PLoS Current Outbreak, August 2016. This document is published under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence.