The Week in Review: Historic Ebola Outbreak
Gabriella Schwarz / August 8, 2014
The Ebola crisis reached new heights in the United States this week: two Americans were hospitalized with the disease and the Centers for Disease Control classified the outbreak as a “level 1 activation,” a benchmark reserved for the most serious public health emergencies.
In the last four months, Ebola has killed more than 900 and infected more than 1,700, mostly in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, making it the largest outbreak in history. Although experts insist the U.S. is equipped to stem a spread within its borders, the epidemic is causing national and international concern and action.
“There is always the possibility that someone with an infectious disease can enter the United States,” CDC spokeswoman Barbara Reynolds said Monday. “The public health concern is whether it would spread and, if so, how quickly.”
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