ABILENE, Texas - The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has been a hot topic in the United States, but experts say there's no need to worry about your family or friends becoming infected.
On Thursday, health officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said they are issuing a travel advisory to Ebola nations.
Kay Durilla from the Abilene-Taylor County Public Health District said it's not likely the disease will reach the U.S.
"This is not inherit to the United States, this is happening in Africa and three countries," Durilla said. "The risks are nonexistent right now because we do not have any confirmed cases in the United States."
Durilla said transmission of Ebola is through direct contact with any bodily fluids and even though the risk is low, we should still take proper precautions to protect our bodies, like washing our hands.
In an effort to prepare for the worst, the CDC reports they have designated about 20 quarantine sites in case the need arises.
"It's not gonna hurt to take precautionary measures and it just shows that our government and our health authorities are working to help the public," Durilla said.
Abilene Christian University graduate Dr. Kent Brantly contracted the deadly virus while acting as a missionary. Brantly is one of two missionaries with the virus.
So far, there have been more than 730 deaths due to Ebola.