NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Approximately 10 months ago, the first U.S. personnel deployed to West Africa to fight Ebola. But was the Ebola scare a short-lived phenomenon?
"I'm not too concerned about it," said Jacob Garcia. "I don't think that there is any cause for panic or anything like that. It seems to be under control."
"I'm not too worried at all," said another local East Texan.
"I do think that we are safe in East Texas," a Nacogdoches woman said.
Despite the fact that new Ebola cases have dramatically decreased since October, the White House explains that this disease is a national security priority.
That being said, the level of panic among Americans has also shown to decrease.
We went to Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital to find out: were we too scared many months ago or are we too calm now?
One ebola case struck just hours away from Nacogdoches, in Dallas, TX. Memorial's infection prevention nurse said appropriate precautions were established to prevent further spread of the disease in East Texas.
"We made a plan and we still have a plan if anything like that were to arrive at Memorial or Nacogdoches," said RN Jeanne Harvey.
While the hospital's plan is still in place, Harvey does not foresee this disease becoming a local East Texas disturbance.
"What the CDC has told us is that it's okay to relax, but I will stress that it is very important to do proper hand hygiene," said Harvey. "Whether it's washing with soap and water or using the hand sanitizes that are available."
There are currently over 10,000 American civilian and military personal engaged in Ebola response in West Africa. Citizens we can thank, for our sigh of relief.