When Kent Brantly, an American doctor suffering from Ebola, was flown from Liberia to Atlanta last week, he became the first person to be treated for the virus in the United States.
His arrival made many people nervous. After all, the Ebola virus, one of the deadliest pathogens known to man, has never been reported on American soil. Are we risking a stateside outbreak by bringing the doctor here?
No, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While it’s impossible to say that no one in the U.S. will become infected with the virus, the risk of an epidemic is extremely low, the CDC says, and the general public shouldn’t be worried. To drive that point home, the public health institute launched an hour-long discussion on Twitter at 4 p.m. Monday using the hashtag #CDCchat. The questions have been pouring in every second since.
So far, Ebola experts tweeting from several CDC Twitter accounts have answered questions about how the disease spreads, what its symptoms are, what precautions people should take, and more — all in 140-character snippets. Here’s a sampling:
Scroll through the fast-moving conversation here.
Shortly after the Twitter chat began, the local ABC News affiliate in New York reported that a patient at Mount Sinai Hospital who had recently traveled to West Africa is being tested for Ebola. The man had arrived in the hospital’s emergency room on Monday morning with a high fever and gastrointestinal symptoms, and has been placed in isolation.
There will only be more questions.
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- An Associated Press/Gfk poll of registered voters found very few voters committed, with Clinton leading Trump, 37% to 29%, and Gary Johnson at 7%.
- A McClatchy-Marist poll gave Clinton a six-point edge, 45% to 39%, in a four-way ballot test. Johnson pulls 10% support, with Jill Stein at 4%.
- Rasmussen, which has drawn criticism for continually showing Donald Trump doing much better than he does in other polls, is at it again. A new survey gives Trump a five-point lead, 44%-39%.
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Donald Trump "is on the precipice of becoming the only major-party presidential candidate this century not to reach out to millions of American voters whose dominant, first or just preferred language is Spanish. Trump has not only failed to buy any Spanish-language television or radio ads, he so far has avoided even offering a translation of his website into Spanish, breaking with two decades of bipartisan tradition."
Bill and Hillary Clinton have purchased the home next door to their primary residence in tony Chappaqua, New York, for $1.16 million. "By purchasing the new home, the Clinton's now own the entire cul-de-sac at the end of the road in the leafy New York suburb. The purchase makes it easier for the United States Secret Service to protect the former president and possible future commander in chief."