In 2014, the United States was directly exposed to the Ebola virus, which was at that time
relatively unknown on domestic soil. The nation was underprepared to manage the public relations issues
associated with this scenario. Since that time, roundtables have been conducted, responder trainings
have been created, and information has been disseminated to better prepare responders and inform the
public. However, there is a delicate balance when informing the public of potential threats: provide
enough information to mitigate new exposure risks, but do not overhype the threat.