Ebola poses little threat to US, say CDC officials

Health officials monitoring an Ebola outbreak in Africa say the risk to the United States is remote and there continue to be no travel restrictions to West Africa.

By , AP Medical Writer

US health officials are monitoring the Ebola outbreak in Africa but say the risk of the deadly germ spreading to the United States is remote.

The Centers for Disease Control on Monday sent a health alert to US doctors about the outbreak. There are no travel restrictions to the West Africa region hit by the disease. But last month, the CDC issued a mid-level travel advisory for health workers.

Two American aid workers in Liberia have tested positive for the Ebola virus and are being treated there. The family of one worker — a doctor — recently returned to the US for a visit. The CDC said they're fine.

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Officials stressed people are not contagious until they show symptoms, and the doctor's family left Liberia days before he got sick.

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