Lawmakers work to contain Ebola outbreak both here and abroad

Fears of Ebola spread (VIDEO)

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - As concerns over the spread of Ebola keep mounting, health officials are trying to ease those fears.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost 8,000 people have contracted the disease, and nearly 3,500 have died.


Even though the impact is so small on American soil right now, that doesn't mean lawmakers are sitting back and waiting for things to take a turn for the worse.

“People are scared and it's normal to be scared.  In fact for the health care workers caring for those with Ebola we want them to be scared.  We

want them to have a healthy respect for the risk of any lapse of infectious control procedure,” said Dr. Tom Frieden, CDC director.

The United States is taking note.

"It's America.  Our doctors, our scientists, our know-how - it leads the fight to contain and combat the Ebola epidemic in West Africa,”

President Barack Obama has said in recent days.

The epidemic has made its way to the United States.  The first confirmed case stateside is

.  Those he's been in contact with are under very watchful eyes.

"We need to have this reporting.  If you've been to these areas where you're vulnerable, even if you don't have symptoms, we need to

let the health departments know,” said Rep. Brad Wenstrup, (R)-Ohio.

To do that, thousands of troops have been tapped to head to the infected areas of West Africa to help with things like building mobile hospitals.  Chatter of a travel embargo to the diseased areas has also caught backlash in recent days.

"I think it would be smart that monitor and vet people as they return to the United States.  So, I think we have to ask the right questions
every step of the way right now, just as we would with any other customs-type of question,” said Wenstrup.
Doctors have treated several American Ebola patients on United States soil.  They'll do the same to a national news photographer who
contracted the disease on assignment
when he arrives in Nebraska this week.

"It is a role of government to engage in these types of things to protect the health of the American people,” Wenstrup told FOX19 NOW.
This Ebola outbreak is being called the largest ever.
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