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CDC Head: Ebola Could Appear In The United States

Thursday, September 4, 2014 at 4:00 PM

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Dr. Thomas Frieden, of the CDC, at the Cleveland Clinic today (pic: Brian Bull)

The head of the nation’s public health institute says it’s possible Ebola could emerge in the United States.

Speaking at the Cleveland Clinic today, Doctor Tom Frieden of the Centers for Disease Control said that the longer the outbreak goes on in West Africa, the greater probability there will be infected people traveling across the globe.  He says that’s how Ebola was introduced recently in Nigeria and Senegal.

“It’s difficult in countries that both have burial practices that may spread Ebola, and don’t have standard infection control in their hospitals. It’s difficult to control.  So there will be the risk of introduction in many parts of the world, and it certainly could happen in the U.S.”

The CDC Director adds that he doesn’t think there would be widespread transmission of the virus, given the difference in burial and health care practices between the U.S. and third-world nations.

Story by ideastream’s Brian Bull.

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