Ebola Panic Over: Top Men Say Only 130 Americans Will Die – But Which Ones Yet To Be Decided
Infectious disease experts predict anywhere from a mere one or two additional cases of Ebola to a worst-case scenario of 130, according to simulations conducted for the Associated Press.
Almost all of the predicted cases will be healthcare workers returning from West Africa.
“I don’t think there’s going to be a huge outbreak here, no,” Dr. David Relman, a professor of infectious disease, microbiology and immunology at Stanford University’s medical school, told the AP. “However, as best we can tell right now, it is quite possible that every major city will see at least a handful of cases.”
A total of eight patients have currently been treated for Ebola in the U.S.
Only two of them contracted Ebola within the U.S., and both were healthcare workers who treated Thomas Eric Duncan, who contracted Ebola in Liberia.
Phew! Panic over. Can we vote on which 130 die?
Photo: Kaci Hickox and her boyfriend Ted Wilbur come out of their house to speak to reporters, Friday, Oct. 31, 2014, in Fort Kent, Maine. Hickox, a nurse who defied an Ebola quarantine in the state of Maine after treating patients in West Africa, can travel unrestricted after a judge rejected the state’s bid to limit her movements. Judge Charles C. LaVerdiere said Friday that Hickox must continue daily monitoring and co-ordinate travel with state officials so monitoring can continue. But the judge said there’s no need for further restrictions because she’s not infectious. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)