CDC: America Ebola Outbreak Highly Unlikely

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BUNCOMBE COUNTY, N.C. — A local medical expert says influenza, pertussis and the measles are a much greater threat to our community than Ebola.

The CDC maintains an outbreak is highly unlikely. They also say Ebola can only be transmitted through direct contact.

And symptoms, including fever and severe headache, appear up to 21 days after exposure to someone with Ebola.

Dr. Jennifer Mullendore of the Buncombe Health and Human Services says having that knowledge is important.

“It’s extremely, extremely rare,” Dr. Mullendore said. “Those who are at risk are those who have traveled to the Ebola affected areas of Africa.”

Some say more Ebola cases, could shatter our collective confidence.

“If actions aren’t taken to prevent further cases, you know, I think we need to monitor the people that are coming in from areas where we know there is Ebola,” Dave Cook of Greeneville, Tennessee said.

In a press conference Wednesday afternoon, Texas Governor Rick Perry says five school aged children may have been exposed to Ebola by by the patient diagnosed with the disease in Dallas.

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