5 things that will kill you before Ebola does by Verne Kopytoff @FortuneMagazine October 30, 2014, 6:15 AM EST E-mail Tweet Facebook Google Plus Linkedin Share icons Worrying about Ebola is understandable considering the deluge of news reports about the deadly virus. Health officials and the U.S. government are scrambling to contain the disease, which, in the United States, has killed one man and infected a handful of others. But statistically speaking, people would be far better off worrying about all the other risks that are, in some cases, thousands of times more likely to kill you or your loved ones. Yes, Ebola is dangerous. However, it is quite rare everywhere except in West Africa. Here’s a number of more mundane things that kill legions of people annually, but get little mention on the nightly news.