Vital Signs: Ebola hoax at Freeport school sends officials into action

Freeport Middle School was on high alert Wednesday after one student falsely told another student that her father was being evaluated for the Ebola virus after testing positive for a rash. “The student’s father has no symptoms of Ebola, nor is he being tested for the virus,” Freeport Middle School Principal Raymond Grogan wrote in a letter to parents.

Ebola is an often fatal virus, the spread of which has reached epidemic proportions in west Africa. The first patient diagnosed with the illness in the United States died earlier this week. The federal Centers for Disease Control reports that the chance of an outbreak in the U.S. is “very low.”

Ebola hoax at Freeport Middle School sends officials into action

Other top health stories this week:

British pharmacy chain launches online drugstore for Maine consumers

Taking advantage of a controversial first-in-the-nation law that allows Maine residents to buy medicines from some foreign countries, the Great British Drugstore touts “British drugs at British prices.” A Maine pharmacy group urged Maine consumers to view the new site with skepticism.

US drug czar announces Maine will get $7.5 million to fight opioid abuse

“We can’t arrest and incarcerate our way out of this problem,” Michael Botticelli, acting director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, told a Bangor crowd during a Wednesday town hall forum titled “Pain that Kills: Confronting Bangor’s Opiate Epidemic.”

From our bloggers

Diane Atwood, Catching Health

I Was Diagnosed with DCIS — Stage 0 Breast Cancer

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After the Couch, Pattie Reaves

How I did a race with almost no training whatsoever

Alternative titles for this post: Racing 11 weeks after having a baby, or How to race as a breastfeeding mom (Answer: I don’t know) or Hey! That was my first race in a year!

From the source

A new U.S. CDC study finds that Maine saves more than $1 million a year by banning smoking in all public housing units. Story coming soon at

Compiled by BDN Health Editor Jackie Farwell

Jackie Farwell

About Jackie Farwell

I'm the health editor for the Bangor Daily News, a Bangor native, a UMaine grad, and a weekend crossword warrior. I never get sick of writing about Maine people, geeking out over health care data, and finding new ways to help you stay well. I live in Gorham with my husband Nick and our hound dog Riley.