CDC worker under surveillance for Ebola

CDC worker under surveillance for Ebola

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Officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced Wednesday that one of their staff members has returned from West Africa after low-risk exposure to the Ebola virus. The CDC employee worked closely, within three feet, with an international health worker who recently tested positive for Ebola.

According to CDC officials, the staff member worked near the ill person for a long period of time when that individual had symptoms.

The CDC worker returned by a charter flight and will be monitored for 21 days.

“The CDC staff person is not sick with Ebola, does not show symptoms of the disease and, therefore, poses no Ebola-related risk to friends, family, co-workers, or the public,” said the CDC in a statement released on Wednesday.

There is a total of 2,615 suspected and confirmed cases of the deadly virus and 1,427 Ebola deaths, according to the World Health Organization as of August 22.

CDC officials say the exposed staffer is not restricted to staying at home and can return to assigned work duties during the 21-day symptom monitoring period.

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