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State officials on lookout for Ebola

10/6/2014

Charleston Daily Mail
By Samuel Speciale, Education reporter

After the hospitalization of a patient exhibiting Ebola-like symptoms in Washington, D.C., state health officials were on alert.

They also were confident health officials, local health departments and hospitals are prepared to handle the disease in the unlikely event a West Virginian becomes infected.

While Ebola has devastated western Africa, claiming more than 3,000 lives since March, the disease is not likely to spread in America where its modern health care system is better equipped to combat and contain the virus, which has a mortality rate of 25 to 90 percent.

The rapid spread of Enterovirus D68 and the diagnosis of a Dallas man with Ebola has Americans contagion-wary — some have gone as far as pulling their children out of school — but state epidemiologist Loretta Haddy said there’s no reason to panic.

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