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Don't freak out, but New York City — one of the world's largest, most diverse, and most visited cities — now has a confirmed case of Ebola. The doctor who worked for Doctors Without Borders had recently returned from Guinea. Health officials are now tracing his every move since he got back a week ago, and tracking down anyone he might have contacted.

Doctors Without Borders said the doctor followed all the necessary protocols upon returning. So while maybe it's a little nerve-wracking that Ebola has arrived in New York City, the disease remains a very difficult one to catch. Ebola is normally only passed through contact with blood, vomit or diarrhea. Everything is probably going to be fine, officials are careful to keep reminding us.

The first case of Ebola in Mali has also been confirmed, and 43 people there are now under careful watch. Lebanon also had a scare, which apparently created mass confusion. The European Union, for its part, has appointed a continent-wide Ebola czar to help coordinate the growing health emergency. The new czar earlier described Ebola as a “typhoon in slow motion.” It should be handled like a “mega natural disaster,” he said. “More needs to be done,” he added.

But seriously, don't panic. There's no need to get hysterical.

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Unless of course you live in some parts of West Africa, in which case you should probably be really nervous and taking every precaution possible. In Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, it is the worst Ebola outbreak in history. The World Health Organization says the number of confirmed cases of Ebola in West Africa has nearly exceeded 10,000. Almost half of those people have died.

To put that in perspective, let's look at the United States. Nine people have fallen ill with Ebola in America. Only one of them has died. Everyone else is either recovering or now totally free of the virus. So that's reassuring. Here's a breakdown of what happened in each case.

Outside of Africa, there's been a total of 18 cases. Ten of those people have recovered. Four of them are in treatment. And four of them died. Here are some charts that detail what happened in each case.

Strange But True

If the United States is still nervous, it could always follow North Korea's lead. North Korea has not had a single case of Ebola. But in a classic authoritarian move, the North Korean regime has shut down its entire tourism industry and closed its borders — just in case. It's unclear (like everything in North Korea) whether the travel ban applies to just tourists, or everyone.