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.