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Ebola in the US: Should We Panic

As reported last week, the Centers for Disease Control recently confirmed a case of Ebola has been diagnosed in the United States. This isn’t the first case of an individual with Ebola entering the States, as two American citizens were previously treated for the disease on U.S. soil. However, those individuals were infected while abroad and were intentionally brought to the U.S. for treatment. Consequently, this latest announcement marks the first case of Ebola discovered on North American soil. On Sept. 29, doctors at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas said a man had been placed in isolation because of his travel history and symptoms. In a statement, the Texas Department of State Health Services asserted, “The patient is an adult with a recent history of travel to West Africa. The patient developed symptoms days after returning to Texas from West Africa and was admitted into isolation on (Sept. 28) at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas.” The CDC later announced the individual does have Ebola. The World Health Organization estimates at least 3,000 have died since the first outbreak was identified in Guinea six months ago, and more than 6,500 cases have been confirmed. Although we may look at a person who is infected with Ebola like some modern-day Typhoid Mary, it is — for all intents and purposes — not very easy to spread Ebola. Read more via Hattiesburg American.

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