The Ebola outbreak in Africa continues to cause concern around the world, but U.S. residents shouldn't be concerned, according to Dr. Tom Kerkering, Carilion Clinic's Chief of Infectious disease.
"While the Ebola virus is a serious problem for several African countries, there is virtually no risk for anyone in the United States. The health care workers who have been transported to the U.S. are safely cared for in a state-of-the-art isolation unit. Ebola is not spread by casual contact. If an infected person traveled to the U.S. in the future, standard infection control practices in this country would likely prevent the spread of the virus."
Dr. Kerkering also spoke with WDBJ reporter Susan Bahorich about the risk, and U.S. hospitals' readiness to deal with extremely infectious diseases.
If you are planning to travel to countries in Africa that are currently dealing with the infection, you may want to reconsider. Check out all the facts you need to know about Ebola - or download the full-size version of the flyer.