CDC Reassures 'Very Low Risk' of Ebola Spreading in U.S.

August 4, 2014 - 4:50 PM
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) held a live Twitter chat to answer questions about Ebola today. During the hour-long event, CDC “disease detectives” provided reassurance that there is “very low risk” of Ebola spreading in the U.S. “given the quality of our hospitals and healthcare system.” The CDC tweet is especially comforting in light to a report that dozens of people from Ebola-stricken countries have been caught trying to sneak into the U.S. Comparing Ebola and AIDS, the CDC disease detectives noted that, while both viruses are contracted in similar ways, people with Ebola are contagious for only a brief period of time: They also predicted that a promising treatment for Ebola will be developed within the next two years: More immediately, the CDC will be sending 50 officers to help establish emergency operations centers in three of the most-afflicted countries: