Ebola Fears Sweep the Nation

Ebola scare cases are sweeping the nation, with more than 100 potential victims reported to authorities by hospitals in the last few days. Health workers are on high alert for anybody with links to West Africa – where the disease has killed thousands – who show Ebola-like symptoms, which include vomiting, bleeding and diarrhea. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has been deluged by reports of potential sufferers – but so far none have turned out to be genuine Ebola victims.

The 42-year-old is currently in a critical condition in a Dallas Hospital. A total of 49 people who could potential have caught Ebola from Duncan are being monitored by CDC experts. None have shown symptoms so far. Today Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said the rush of potential cases came after news of Duncan’s infection spread to hospitals, who have been especially vigilant.

The governments of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia are struggling to contain the worst outbreak on record of the deadly hemorrhagic fever. The World Health Organization on Friday updated its death toll to at least 3,439 out of 7,492 suspected, probable or confirmed cases.


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