The Dallas Ebola case was inevitable, given the size of the epidemic raging in West Africa and the ease of modern air travel, infectious diseases specialists say.

Indeed, many told MedPage Today, the longer the African epidemic lasts the more likely such cases become, not only in the U.S,. but in other developed countries.

But the risk to the general public in the U.S. and the likelihood of a wide outbreak are vanishingly small, the experts agreed.

The man, who flew from Liberia Sept. 19 and arrived in Dallas Sept. 20, is currently in intensive care and isolated at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, after being admitted Sept. 28. He was described as critically ill when the case was announced Sept. 30.

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