GUEST: Dr. Paula Walker discusses the Ebola virus

GUEST: Dr. Paula Walker discusses the Ebola virus
People in the United States have little reason to worry about the Ebola virus.
People in the United States have little reason to worry about the Ebola virus.

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - There are still a lot of concerns about the ongoing Ebola outbreak. It has already killed more than 1,000 people in Africa.

Should people in the United States be concerned about a possible outbreak?

Here to talk more about this subject is Dr. Paula Walker from Columbus State University.

Dr. Walker says there is no significant risk of an outbreak here in the United States. The CDC has effective measures in place to protect the general population from Ebola patients who are treated here. Contagious people have been isolated away from the rest of the population.

The first symptoms of Ebola include a flu-like fever, sore throat, and general aches and pains. As the disease progresses, the person will experience internal bleeding, which often leads to death.

Ebola cannot be transmitted via air, food, or water. The only way to contract Ebola is to have direct contact with the body fluids of someone who is infected.

Watch the video for more details.

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