Seattle’s public health experts say ‘a new epidemic’ with Ebola outbreak
A new outbreak of Ebola is “almost inevitable,” a public health expert has said.
“This is the pandemic, and we are in it,” Dr. Daniel Kroll, director of the Seattle Department of Public Health, said at a news conference.
The new outbreak is expected to have an impact on Seattle in the coming weeks, as people with the virus become more contagious.
Kroll said it was important to monitor and respond to cases and to provide people with “safe, effective, and appropriate care,” including for their families.
Seattle is also planning to release a questionnaire to help health care workers in the city understand their role in the outbreak, he said.
Kroll’s comments came after the state and the city agreed to pay $20 million for a $5.9 million public health project to test for the virus.
The contract was signed Monday by the mayor and city council, and was announced last week.
The CDC has estimated there are 1,921 cases in the United States, with a total of 1,071 deaths, as of April 4.
This outbreak has so far claimed two lives, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said last week it was concerned about new cases of Ebola spreading in the U,K.
and other countries.
Kopron said there was “zero chance” the new outbreak will spread to the U.,K.
as many people are infected in the Pacific Northwest.
Officials said they had received the CDC’s most recent outbreak report and were working to develop an Ebola response plan for the region.