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'It Can Get Anywhere': Fear Grips Americans Over Ebola

'It Can Get Anywhere': Fear Grips Americans Over Ebola
Ambulance workers wearing protective gear load a patient with possible Ebola symptons into the back of an ambulance at the Harvard Vanguard facility in Braintree, Massachusetts. (Stringer/Reuters/Landov)

By    |   Thursday, 16 October 2014 10:00 AM

Concerns are spreading across the country about the dangers of Ebola as Americans express fear over the possibility of a widespread outbreak, spurred by news of a second healthcare worker contracting the disease in Dallas, The Washington Post reported.
 
Workers and travelers are being proactive about taking safety precautions, such as using masks and hand sanitizer. Children in schools report fears about the virus, and airline stocks plummeted as investors anticipated a slowdown in travel.

"My fear is, the whole Ebola situation, it can get anywhere," Michael Luke-Anthony, an airplane cabin-cleaner at New York's JFK International Airport, told the Post. "It got from Liberia to Texas. It's traveling quick. It could be in one of those planes."

Last week, 200 airline cleaning personnel went on strike over concerns that they could be exposed to the virus and didn't have sufficient protection, Bloomberg News reported.

In schools across the country, there has been an increase in monitoring. Some school districts are questioning students upon enrollment about their travel histories. The moves reflect growing anxiety among parents about possible exposure of their children.

"I am concerned since I have a 5-year-old son," Chris Baker told the Post. "I worry about that aspect, being a father."

Meanwhile, a Washington Post/ABC News poll released this week found that 65 percent of Americans are worried there will be an Ebola epidemic in the United States, while 43 percent are worried about catching it.

President Barack Obama, however, sought to calm fears Wednesday, saying that, "The dangers of your contracting Ebola, the dangers of a serious outbreak, are extraordinarily low."

He went so far as to say he hugged and kissed Ebola medical staff and "felt perfectly safe doing so," it was reported Wednesday.

Nevertheless, the president cancelled his political travel on Wednesday to convene a Cabinet meeting about the Ebola crisis, having admitted there were "shortcomings" in the way the outbreak has been handled so far.

Other authorities are also attempting to calm fears, reinforcing the message that the risks of contracting the deadly disease are low.

"I urge individuals to try to keep this in perspective. It is scary, it is worrisome, but in our country, more people will die from the flu than from Ebola," Montgomery County (Maryland) Health Officer Ulder Tillman said, according to the Post.

On Thursday, the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Tom Frieden, was to be questioned during a hearing in Congress about the agency's missteps in responding to Ebola, The New York Times reported.

Frieden is under fire after it was discovered that the agency permitted one of the healthcare workers who was subsequently diagnosed with Ebola to take a flight even though she had a slight fever.

Frieden admitted this week that, "We have to rethink how we address infection control, because even a single infection is unacceptable."

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Concerns are spreading across the country about the dangers of Ebola as Americans express fear over the possibility of a widespread outbreak, spurred by news of a second healthcare worker contracting the disease in Dallas, The Washington Post reported.
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