Concerns Over Spread Of Ebola

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By Alabama News Network

The world is facing the deadliest outbreak of Ebola ever recorded.

 
With two infected patients being treated in Atlanta and some Tuskegee students stuck in Liberia, some people are worried it could spread to the US.
 
About one thousand people have died due to the West African outbreak of ebola.
 
The disease kills about 90 percent of people it infects.
 
It's been getting a lot of attention since two americans who contracted the virus were taken to Emory hospital in Atlanta. 
 
But State Health Officer Dr. Don Williamson says we shouldn't worry about a large outbreak here.
 
"The way the virus is transmitted I think implies that in this country a huge outbreak of ebola is pretty hard to imagine. Because the virus becomes more infectious the longer people are ill," said Dr. Williamson.
 
The virus cannot be spread by the air or water. You have to come in contact with bodily fluid from someone who is infected. 
 
People in Montgomery are divided on whether or not they're worried about the disease.
 
"There's no real treatment for ebola. They're trying experimental drugs and we've even had doctors to go over to certain parts of africa and they've contracted the disease. And they are doctors. They are trained medical professionals. So we should definitely be concerned about that," said Imari Coleman.
 
"It sounds like they have everything under control so it doesn't particularly worry me. It's not airborne transmitted so I think they're taking care of things at the CDC," said April Dowler.
 
Dr. Williamson says that it's not the patients in Atlanta that people should be concerned about. 
 
"It's not inconceivable that we could end up with a patient with ebola. It's not because they would have gotten ebola in Alabama, it's not because they would have gotten ebola in anyway related to the patients in Georgia. It's because they would have been exposed to ebola in a place where it's prevalent and they're having an ongoing outbreak. "
 
While Dr. Williamson says it's possible for the disease to come here, the state is prepared to contain it on the off chance it happens.  
 

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