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First Ebola Patient Diagnosed in US

The Ebola epidemic continues to spread as the first person in the United States is diagnosed with the disease. Our panel discusses the impact it could have in America.

2014 Ebola Outbreak in West Africa, Sept. 29 Update

In Nigeria, there have been a total of 20 cases, 19 confirmed laboratory cases, and eight deaths, according to the CDC. Senegal reported one travel-associated case.

Touch the red dots in the image below to learn more about the Ebola virus in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Contact Tracing is the process of finding people who have come in contact with an Ebola patient. According to the CDC, contacts are watched for a 21-day period, to see if they develop symptoms. If a contact displays symptoms of Ebola, they are isolated, tested, treated, and their contacts are found and monitored for 21 days. Each figure in the graph below represents a new contact that can be traced back to the original Ebola patient at the top.

Touch the dots to learn how contact tracing works.


Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

--Graphics by Travis Cornejo