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Dr. Anthony Fauci: No Outbreak of Ebola in US

By    |   Thursday, 02 Oct 2014 12:52 PM

There will not be an outbreak of Ebola in the United States, predicted Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health.

Fauci told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention would be able to manage the disease because of "contact tracing," a process that helped locate people who might have been exposed to Ebola.

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"What the CDC does, and they do it very well, is what is called contact tracing, which means you take everybody that that person came into contact with, you identify them, and you monitor them for 21 days," Fauci said Thursday. "[That's] the reason I've been saying that there won't be an outbreak here."

The first confirmed case of Ebola in the U.S. is a man who traveled from Liberia on Sept. 20, and was diagnosed with the virus on Sept. 28. While there "may be another case" in the U.S. of the disease, Fauci maintained it would likely be "one of those contacts that that person came into contact with."

The infected patient, who is currently receiving treatment in a Dallas hospital, was originally treated in an emergency room and sent home with antibiotics, even though he had told hospital workers he had recently traveled from Africa. Fauci said the error in diagnosis would "certainly serve for the rest of the country as a very cogent lesson learned."

Fauci said officials had predicted a person traveling by plane with no symptoms could come to the U.S. and "wind up appearing at an emergency room" once they fell ill with Ebola. He stressed that it was not possible to get the disease from a person who did not show symptoms, and that people who also flew on the plane with the now infected patient were not at risk.

Fauci also warned of enterovirus D68, which has been endangering children in 41 states across the country. On Wednesday, health officials reported one child had died from the infection.  Fauci said those at particular risk were children with asthma, and urged parents to keep their children at home if they got sick.

"It's a particularly nasty virus, particularly in children who have a predisposition to asthma, because it can cause significant respiratory distress in children who have a propensity to react with airways disease," he said.

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