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First Ebola victim is diagnosed in the US

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First Ebola victim is diagnosed in the US


A man thought to have contracted the deadly Ebola virus in Liberia before travelling to the US has been transfered to an isolation unit at a Texas hospital.

The patient arrived in the country without displaying any symptoms but later became ill.

He is the first person to have been diagnosed with the virus on US soil.

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Director, Dr. Thomas Frieden issued a statement of reassurance to the American public:

“I have no doubt that we will control this importation, this case of Ebola so it does not spread widely in this country. It is certainly possible that someone who had contact with this individual – a family member or other individual – could develop Ebola in the coming weeks. But there is no doubt in my mind that we will stop it here”

According to the The World Health Organisation more than 3,000 people have died of the virus so far, mostly in Liberia.

The outbreak has spread across several West Africa Nations which are now receiving international help.

WHO says a potential vaccine against Ebola might be ready for limited distribution in January next year.

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