Once the cause of a widespread pandemic in the 90s, the Ebola virus is rearing its ugly head once again as news of its latest outbreak in some African regions has spread across social media networks. The latest information, according to a news release, is that two U.S. health care workers in Liberia have been infected with the deadly virus.
Several reports revealed the outbreak of the Ebola virus not only in the confines of Liberia, but also in its neighboring regions in Guinea and Sierra Leone. U.S. officials and health experts are already looking into the possibility of the virus reaching U.S. shores.
Johns Hopkins University professor Dr. Diane Griffin, who heads the university’s molecular microbiology and immunology department, expressed concern due to the accessibility of infected persons through air travel.
“The biggest risk is that an infected person gets on an airplane and flies to the United States,” said Griffin.
However, she dismissed this scenario, saying that precautionary measures and quick identification can prevent the spread from happening.
“The risk to the general population, especially outside of Africa, is essentially nonexistent,” Griffin added.
The latest Ebola outbreak in West Africa has so far claimed more than 600 people and infected more than a thousand.