CDC issues new travel warnings for Ebola virus

Dr. Jen Ashton has the latest on new outbreaks in Guinea and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
2:08 | 03/03/21

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Transcript for CDC issues new travel warnings for Ebola virus
and let's begin as we often do the with the numbers. The latest from Johns Hopkins university, 28.7 million confirmed cases in the U.S. Right now, and that number, that staggering number, continues to go up, 516,000 American lives lost to the virus. And the number of Americans now fully vaccinated, that goes up as well, CDC reporting now more than 26.1 million Americans have now received both doses of the covid-19 vaccine, and we'll have some that will just be getting that one dose at some point as well. Very soon actually. And Dr. Jen, yes, lots of positive news coming out from this covid-19 virus. And yet at the same time, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but there's this word of a new virus that is actually generating a travel warning? Just a new update about ebola, and it's a reminder, you guys, that the world is focused on covid, but there are other infectious diseases that we need to keep our eye on. So here's what you need to know. Recent warnings from the world health organization about a new ebola outbreak in Guinea. They're tracking at least 17 cases there. In the drc, democratic republic of the Congo, there have been at least eight cases, half of them fatal. The CDC recently issuing an alert to travelers saying that all travelers coming into the United States from those areas will now be funneled to six U.S. Airports and tracked once they arrive here. And the CDC also issuing a recent level three travel advisory to both of those areas, saying if it is necessary to go there, they are recommending the ebola vaccination for anyone having to travel there. Okay, hearing ebola, just hearing that name again, and also as deadly as it is, there is still some upside. We have some advantages because -- That's right, and you're thinking like a true doctor now, T.J. The reason for that is, in general, the more deadly a virus is, it is actually easier to control. People don't walk around asymptomatic usually with ebola like they do with covid, but we will be tracking this because they've had a problem with it in the past and we want to make sure it doesn't become another problem now. So much to keep an eye on, doc. We appreciate you as always.

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