The CDC confirmed the first case of Ebola on US soil on Tuesday. There will be a press conference at 5:30 ET (7.30am AEST) and we will update this post with more information as soon as it becomes available.

This is likely the patient who was in isolation in Dallas on Tuesday night, according to reports by the local ABC affiliate, WFAA, but we will know more after the CDC’s 5:30pm press conference.

While the ongoing epidemic in West Africa made an eventual imported Ebola case likely, the risk of an actual outbreak in the US is very low since our healthcare system is much more advanced.

Ebola is spread via bodily fluids, so it is not nearly as contagious as respiratory viruses like the flu or SARS.

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