Valley Doctor on Ebola: Don't Panic

Dr. Jesteadt said that the United States has the ability to contain Ebola
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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- More than 3,000 people have died from Ebola and that number is expected to increase by January.

Dr. Greg Jesteadt, who works at Harrisonburg Family Practice, said he isn't too concerned about Ebola reaching our area because U.S. health leaders are so careful about containing it.

In fact, when something like this happens, health leaders use what's called universal precautions, which means medical gloves, masks, and gowns are used to prevent any kind of transmission.

"There really is no minute to minute concern and people in this country don't need to be freaking out that Ebola is going to run rampant because we really do have the ability to contain things like this," said Jesteadt.

He also said it is possible that there could be a couple of unknown cases of the virus if the person who was diagnosed in Texas made contact with people prior to being isolated.

He said the best way you can protect yourself is of course to wash your hands often.