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Ebola Outbreak: Bigger Than We Thought
Written by Wesley Uhler
Last updated on August 16, 2014 @ 7:42PM
Created on August 16, 2014 @ 6:15PM
The World Health Organization believes the Ebola epidemic is most likely much larger than first reported, and that it could possibly take months to control the spread of the disease.
 
It's been exactly two weeks since the first American contracted Ebola.
 
Dr. Kent Brantly returned to the United States to be treated at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.
 
Now, officials say West Africa's deadly epidemic is likely much worse than first realized.
 
Health officials from the World Health Organization say the number of deaths and illnesses caused by Ebola is significantly higher than originally estimated.
 
In light of this announcement, 5 News took to the streets to ask local residents if they are nervous about a possible Ebola outbreak here in the United States.
 
"Not necessarily, no. It seems like people being treated since they've come back are recovering " said Ken Yoder of Taylor County
 
Not everyone is so confident however, as one local boy told us he is nervous that he wouldn't recognize Ebola symptoms.
 
"Yea, sometimes I worry about it because you see people and you don't know if they have it or they don't have it" said Levi Corrothers of Taylor County.
 
Officials have urged the public not to panic about a possible outbreak, and that the only way Ebola can spread is through blood or other bodily fluids.

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