Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Student Scholarship

Date Written

Fall 2014

Document Type


Course Number

NURS 5330

Course Name

Advanced Pathophysiology

Professor’s Name

John D. Chovan, James R. Cacchillo


Infectious Diseases, Travel, Viruses

Subject Categories

Medical Pathology | Nursing | Public Health and Community Nursing | Virus Diseases


Ebola is a hemorrhagic disease that has been seen throughout Liberia, but because of international travel it is spreading. Gilsdorf, Morgan and Leitmeyer (2012) researched air travel and reported that, “In 2010, 5.04 billion passengers arrived and departed from 1318 airports worldwide… and travel to and from Africa almost doubled between 1995 and 2005.” (p.1471). In the last few months there have been cases of Ebola reported in Spain and the United States linked to travel. These are recent developments because as of July, 2014 the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported “to date there are no cases reported in the United States.” (CDC, 2014). Turner (2014) reports that “the incubation period can be as long as 21 days.” (p.68) This gives exposed people a chance to travel to any place in the world and expose others to this potentially fatal virus. The public that flies in planes may have a risk, but the people that are at greater risk are healthcare workers that care for Ebola patients.



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