Ebola Is Not Likely to Become a Widespread U.S. Epidemic

The first confirmed case of Ebola in the U.S., in Texas yesterday, does not mean the disease could spread and become an epidemic in the U.S. a New York internal medicine physician says. “Although it is an infectious disease, it is not easily transmitted and almost never transmitted when people are not sick,” says Mark Jarrett, MD, an internal medicine physician who is the chief quality officer for the North Shore-LIJ Health System. “So therefore it is controllable certainly in the United States. With the extent of our public health and hospital preparations, I think we are unlikely to have a widespread epidemic in the United States.”

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