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Ebola in US: People scared, but outbreak unlikely

2 years 3 months 2 weeks ago October 05, 2014 Oct 5, 2014 Sunday, October 05 2014 October 05, 2014 9:39 AM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: CONNIE CASS

WASHINGTON - Ebola has arrived in the United States and people are scared.

The nation's top infectious diseases expert says it's normal to feel anxious about a disease that kills so fast and is ravaging parts of West Africa.

But Dr. Anthony Fauci (FOW'-chee) of the National Institutes of Health says it's "extraordinarily unlikely" for the United States to have an outbreak. He says scientists know how to stop the virus from spreading.

That's not to say the first case diagnosed within the United States - a traveler from Liberia who began feeling the effects after arriving in Dallas - will be the only one.

Despite some initial missteps in Dallas, tried-and-true methods are underway: tracking everyone who came into contact with the infected man and isolating anyone who shows symptoms.

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