Website aims to clear up flu-Ebola symptom confusion

Health professionals use a website discussion forum to help clear up confusion about flu and Ebola symptoms. | Courtesy of
U.S. health professionals recently launched a website that uses a new educational strategy to clarify the confusion surrounding the differences between Ebola symptoms and influenza symptoms.

The educational program, titled “Why Care About Seasonal Influenza in the Age of Ebola?” is a page on Paradigm Medical Communications' website in a project the company launched with Global Education Group.

The educational site enables users to join a discussion among faculty about symptoms. They can read about flu prevention, treatments, high-risk populations and influenza-related complications.

"Confusion can be expected," Dr. Thomas File, professor of Internal Medicine at Northeast Ohio Medical University and part of the faculty group on the website, said. "Flu symptoms such as fever, sore throat, headache and fatigue all mimic symptoms of the Ebola virus. As we enter into high flu season, physicians and patients need to better understand the flu, how to avoid it and how to treat it."

Over the past few years, there has been an increase in the cost and number of flu cases within the U.S. In the 2012-13 flu season, there were 31.8 million influenza cases confirmed; in the 2013-14 flu season, there were 35.4 million cases. Experts estimate that the direct medical costs for treating the flu have amounted to more than $10.4 billion each year.

The web page,, will be connected to Paradigm’s website until February 2016.