How can an outbreak of mass psychogenic illness be stopped?
Most of these outbreaks stop when people get away from the place where the illness started. The signs of illness tend to go away once people are examined and doctors find that they do not have a dangerous illness. It is important to keep the people who feel sick away from the commotion and stress of the outbreak.
After experts check out the place where the outbreak started, they can tell people whether it is safe to go back to that place.
Mass Psychogenic Illness: Role of the Individual Physician by TF Jones, MD (American Family Physician December 15, 2000, http://www.aafp.org/afp/20001215/2649.html)
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