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First Ebola Case Confirmed in the U.S.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed the first case of the Ebola virus in the U.S. in a hospital in Dallas. According to an earlier statement from the hospital, the patient was placed in isolation and evaluated for the infection “based on the patient’s symptoms and recent travel history.” Four American aid workers were diagnosed in Africa earlier this fall, but this case is the first diagnosed on American soil.

But don’t panic. The hospital has taken the correct precautions early on, and health experts have said the virus won’t spread like it has in West Africa, where about 3,000 have died from the virus out of more than 6,500 cases. The CDC announced Tuesday that the virus has stopped spreading in Nigeria and Senegal because of the quick response and effort to contain the virus. Also, several companies are working on trials of drugs to treat the virus, and three of the American aid workers who returned home for treatment after contracting the virus have been released, Ebola free …

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