Ebola Predictions: Scientists See Cases In Every Major U.S. City Possible By Year’s End

Sunday, November 2, 2014
By Paul Martin

November 1, 2014

Ebola predictions are starting to pick up steam, with those in the scientific community estimating that there could be anywhere from one to 130 additional cases in the United States by year’s end.

In a report from the Associated Press, scientists emphasized that they did not think the Ebola outbreak would hurt the U.S. as badly as it has other countries, but they did not rule out the possibility that there would be more diagnoses within America’s borders.

“I don’t think there’s going to be a huge outbreak here, no,” said Dr. David Relman, professor of infectious disease, microbiology and immunology at Stanford University’s medical school, in comments to the AP. “However, as best we can tell right now, it is quite possible that every major city will see at least a handful of cases.”

The AP asked several top infectious disease experts to run data simulations making the Ebola predictions, and the small number of cases noted above were the final results. Considering the U.S. did not foresee this disease reaching its soil as early as six months ago, it’s not instilling confidence in most with 60 percent favoring an Ebola travel ban from the affected nations.

President Obama has been consistent in his refusal to enact travel bans or mandatory quarantines, noting that these things would not prevent Ebola from reaching U.S. soil.

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