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Allegheny County Health Director Explains Why We Need Not Worry About Ebola

Ryan Loew

The Dallas nurse who contracted Ebola from a Liberian patient is reported to be in good condition. However, a second person has been diagnosed with the virus. This has heightened concerns about the spread of Ebola in the United States.

Although medical professionals think chances of an outbreak in the area are low, how is the region preparing for the possibility? We’ll pose that question to Dr. Karen Hacker, director of the Allegheny County Health Department.

Hacker emphasizes that to date, there have been no confirmed cases of Ebola in Allegheny County or the Commonwealth, and because the Pittsburgh region had relatively few ties with West Africa.

She explains that despite the large degree of media coverage of the virus, the Ebola risk is being contained: only two have contracted the disease in the U.S., and they were healthcare workers in a high-risk position; average people, she suggests, have no serious cause for concern.