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Ebola risk in Minnesota very low

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Aug 1, 2014 at 2:34 pm

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — State health officials say the risk of Ebola spreading to Minnesota is very low.

U.S. health officials are warning against traveling to three West African nations — Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leona — where a deadly Ebola outbreak is ongoing.

But the Minnesota Department of Health on Friday pointed out that no cases of Ebola have occurred in the U.S.

The department also says it has surveillance systems in place to identify people who might become ill while traveling. Since the start of the outbreak, the state Health Department has sent several health alerts to Minnesota health care providers advising them to be on the lookout for anyone showing symptoms of Ebola.

To address concerns about the outbreak, health officials will host an information session Wednesday night in Brooklyn Center.

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