New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys Receive Ebola Primer Before Game


Sep 8, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; A general view of the United States flag during the national anthem prior to the game with the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants at AT&T Stadium. The Dallas Cowboys beat the New York Giants 36-31. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

According to the New York Daily News in a story titled, NY Giants educating players about Ebola virus before Sunday’s game in Dallas. The New York Football Giants and the Dallas Cowboys are being prepared for their upcoming battle this Sunday — and — against the dangers of Ebola.

Asked if he was worried, Giants QB Eli Manning had this to say on the matter:

"“No, I don’t worry about myself or my team,” Giants quarterback Eli Manning said Wednesday. “With what we’re doing and where we’re staying, I think we’ll be OK.”"

In the article it also states that there have been three effected by Ebola in the Dallas area. So it’s good to hear the QB isn’t worried. The team isn’t too worried either, Senior VP of communications, Pat Hanlon released this statement:

"“Our athletic trainers and team physicians have been briefed on the scope of the Ebola virus disease. We have distributed a fact sheet to our employees and distributed similar information to our players electronically this morning.”"

For more information on the Ebola disease, we stopped by this place:


At the site, we also learned a little about Ebola, here is their overview:

"Ebola, previously known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever, is a rare and deadly disease caused by infection with one of the Ebola virus strains. Ebola can cause disease in humans and nonhuman primates (monkeys, gorillas, and chimpanzees).Ebola is caused by infection with a virus of the family Filoviridae, genus Ebolavirus. There are five identified Ebola virus species, four of which are known to cause disease in humans: Ebola virus (Zaire ebolavirus); Sudan virus (Sudan ebolavirus); Taï Forest virus (Taï Forest ebolavirus, formerly Côte d’Ivoire ebolavirus); and Bundibugyo virus (Bundibugyo ebolavirus). The fifth, Reston virus (Reston ebolavirus), has caused disease in nonhuman primates, but not in humans.Ebola viruses are found in several African countries. Ebola was first discovered in 1976 near the Ebola River in what is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Since then, outbreaks have appeared sporadically in Africa.The natural reservoir host of Ebola virus remains unknown. However, on the basis of evidence and the nature of similar viruses, researchers believe that the virus is animal-borne and that bats are the most likely reservoir. Four of the five virus strains occur in an animal host native to Africa."

On the lighter side of things, there has been some humor surrounding Ebola and how it’s being covered in the news. Even famed game show host, Chuck Woolery came out of the woodwork to post this chuckle worthy jab:

That got us thinking at GMEN HQ. Remember when the Giants’ GM, Head Coach and QB all got involved in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge?

Here’s the story we did titled, New York Giants: ALS vs USA to refresh your memory.

Maybe another cause could be started if it isn’t already and the Giants could play along again with the rest of humanity. What if America did something similar to the ALS Challenge about Ebola? Hmmm, the word Ebola kind of makes you think phonetically: a-bowl-of. So why not dump a-bowl-of anything you can think of on your head for Ebola (signifying the search for a cure all over Earth). Basically, dump “Abowla” for Ebola. Perhaps it can start with Chuck Woolery? Ha, who knows.

Regardless of a national movement to fight Ebola, the threat is very real. It’s interesting to watch two NFL franchises prepare against something of this magnitude on the fear mongering scale. This Sunday, the game will take place and likely Ebola will not play a part in the outcome. Nevertheless, it’s good for the organizations to proceed with caution and for people in general to be prepared and aware about the details of Ebola.

For the New York Football Giants and Dallas Cowboys, they’re doing all they can to be cautious and make sure they learn all they need to know so that their players remain safe and healthy. What are they learning?

Below are some documents from Duke Medicine with some facts about Ebola that was shared in the above NFL article. Check out the information, Giants Nation and learn more about Ebola as our world defends against its poison. Even in the NFL.