In a White House press conference, White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters that the administration considered it possible, “even likely,” that more Americans would contract Ebola, especially healthcare workers from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas.
EARNEST: The risk of a widespread outbreak of Ebola in the United States is exceedingly low. We don’t anticipate that’s going to happen. What we do anticipate is certainly possible– maybe even likely– is that some additional cases of Ebola will occur. It is possible, again, maybe even likely that there will be additional healthcare workers from this hospital in Dallas who treated Mr. Duncan who may have contracted the virus. So that’s why we are actively monitoring the health of other healthcare workers that came in contact with him.
It certainly is possible that other individuals will travel to this country that don’t exhibit symptoms in transit but after they arrive may have the virus. And we will make sure that we have the kind of response that’s needed to, as the president directed yesterday, to detect, isolate and treat those individuals in a way that protects the American public and protects healthcare workers who are rendering that medical assistance.