- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 22, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles County’s top health officer says the county is prepared to handle Ebola but there hasn’t been a single case and the chances of an outbreak are slim.

Interim Health Officer Jeffrey Gunzenhauser tells the Los Angeles City Council that the county has designated hospitals where Ebola cases can be referred and there’s a lab in the area that can promptly test for Ebola.

The disease has killed one person and infected two health care workers in Texas and killed thousands in Africa.

But City Council members say the U.S. Ebola risk has been overblown.

Councilman Paul Krekorian said Tuesday that the single U.S. death compares to the tens of thousands of people who die each year from flu, tuberculosis and other antibiotic-resistant illnesses.

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