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South Carolina epidemiologist: Ebola transmission in U.S. very low

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COLUMBIA, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A South Carolina state epidemiologist with the Department of Health and Environmental Control said South Carolinians do not need to worry about contracting the Ebola Virus from the two people flying into Atlanta for treatment.

Dr. Linda Bell, with DHEC, said Emory Hospital is well equipped to treat the patients and it's not a cause of concern in the Upstate.

"There's no imminent threat in South Carolina... there's not a need to worry, but to be prepared, to be aware of what's going on," said Bell.

Two Americans infected with the virus will be heading to Emory Hospital in Atlanta in the upcoming weeks.

Bell isn't surprised the doctors there are taking on the cases.

"The facility in Atlanta associated with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is equipped to provide the isolation measures needed," said Bell.

The patients are flying in from Liberia, where they contracted the disease, on a specialized plane with isolation measures already in place.

Bell's not worried about the landing, but said people in the U.S. need to be aware that others traveling from Africa may pose a potential threat.

"There's no transmission going on here. We have to be vigilant about the possibility of imported cases through airline travel, and there are measures being taken to evaluate people who may return to this country from areas of concern," said Bell.

Bell said the best way to protect yourself from all infectious disease is to use proper hygiene.

Ebola is spread through blood and bodily fluids.

She added, it's most commonly spread through families when they're caring for those members who are infected.

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