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Aug 2, 2014 3:11 AM by RaeAnn Christensen, KSBY News

Should we be concerned about the Ebola virus on the Central Coast?

A doctor at the San Luis Obispo County Public Health Department said we should not be too concerned of an Ebola virus pandemic here in the United States.

But Dr. James Beebe said knowledge about the deadly virus is crucial. He said the likelihood of a breakout here in the U.S. would most likely come from those who are traveling in and out of the country.

"If someone shows up in your neighborhood and has been traveling to one of those countries, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Togo, Nigeria and has had contact with a sick person who may have had it, then medical authorities, I mean public health authorities, need to know," Dr. Beebe said.

The arrival of two infected Americans is causing panic across the U.S. and even here on the central coast. That could be because doctors say the death rate is nearly 90-percent, and there is no known cure.

Doctors and the CDC have tried to contain fear, reassuring the public there is little risk of an outbreak, but many are still concerned.

"It's something that should not be taken lightly by any means. But I wouldn't be overly concerned that we do not have the appropriate ways to control it, if it were to arrive here," said Dr. Beebe.

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