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Austin health officials monitoring Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo

The Austin Public Health department is monitoring the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo, along with their regional, state and federal partners. Back in 2014, there were three confirmed cases of Ebola in Texas, and it changed the way health care providers look at diseases like Ebola.  "Nobody thought Ebola was going to make its way into the United States. And it happened," said Spencer Fox. He is a statistical epidemiologist at the University of Texas at Austin. He and several his colleagues are watching the Ebola outbreak in Africa closely, because they wanted the World Health Organization to declare a public health emergency of international concern sooner. WHO did that this week, after a case was confirmed in the city of Goma in Congo. The fear is now that it is now in a large city, it can go anywhere in the world. That's what happened in 2014, when a Liberian man visiting Dallas came down with Ebola and died.  Read more....

 

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