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Public Health Officials: Ebola not a risk here

August 1, 2014--10:42 a.m.

By Kim Jarrett

The transport of two patients from West Africa to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta with the potentially deadly Ebola virus has caused some concerns.

But Logan Boss, spokesman for the Northwest Georgia Health District there should be no fears here.

“It’s not spread through the air like measles,” Boss said. “It’s not transmitted through coughing or sneezing or through sitting next to someone on a bus or plane. It’s not the common cold. It’s not the flu. It’s transmitted entirely through direct contact with infected bodily fluids.”

The disease is prevalent in West Africa right now and this strain has a 70 percent fatality rate.

The two patients, who reportedly were transported by Cartersville’s Phoenix Air, mark the first cases of Ebola in the United States.

(NBC News photo)