Infectious-disease expert offers primer on Ebola virus

October 7, 2014 1:19 PM

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Dr. Arthur Reingold, professor of epidemiology and associate dean for research at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health, has worked for more than 30 years on prevention and control of infectious diseases at the national level and globally in developing countries. On Sept. 30, the first case of Ebola to be diagnosed in the United States was confirmed in a person who traveled to Dallas from West Africa. In light of this news, we talked to Reingold about what this might mean for the epidemic, and any possible risks to the UC Berkeley campus and others in the Bay Area.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Ebola does not pose a significant risk to the U.S. public. Ebola is spread through direct contact with blood or body fluids of a person who is sick with Ebola, objects (like needles and syringes) that have been contaminated with the ...

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