- Associated Press - Friday, December 19, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The director of Rhode Island’s Health Department says the state is keeping a close watch on the Ebola outbreak.

Health Director Michael Fine said Thursday in remarks reported by WLNE-TV (https://bit.ly/13HiT1c ) that the likelihood of anyone in Rhode Island having Ebola is “scathingly small” but the state is prepared in any event.

Rhode Island has a large population of immigrants from Liberia, one of the West African nations hardest hit by the outbreak. Any traveler coming to Rhode Island from West Africa is monitored by the Health Department for three weeks.

The disease has sickened more than 18,600 people and more than 6,900 of them have died, the vast majority in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia.

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Information from: WLNE-TV, https://www.abc6.com

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