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San Diego Ebola Teach-In Aims To Dispel Myths, Stimulate Action

Some 4,500 people have been killed by the Ebola virus in recent months, according to the World Health Organization. The majority of fatalities are in West Africa, but the two recent victims of Ebola on U.S. soil have raised the level of concern about how far and fast the disease could spread.

San Diegans can learn more about Ebola — and what they can do to help slow the deadly disease — at a teach-in and action event Tuesday night on the campus of San Diego State University.

The international nonprofit Partners in Health, which is sponsoring the teach-in, hopes to shed some light on historical and political aspects of the disease, and dispel myths about how it spreads. The teach-in is being put on by the nonprofit's Engage program, a grassroots network of volunteer community organizers.

“I think there’s a lot of misinformation on how you catch the disease and then how it’s coming to the U.S.,” said Renee Cooper, who works with the San Diego chapter of Partners in Health.

The teach-in is open to the public and will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at SDSU’s Hepner Hall.