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Gov. Christie puts Ebola fears to rest, journalist declared Ebola-free

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HACKENSACK, N.J. (PIX11) — Governor  Chris Christie put an Ebola scare in New Jersey to rest.  He said the 32-year-old Nigerian National who was screened at Newark Liberty airport for Ebola on Tuesday, shows no signs of the deadly virus.

“He’s now asymptomatic.  There is no indication at this point that he’s been infected with the virus,” Christie said.  “We anticipate that the patient and the patient’s wife will be released.”

Speaking at Hackensack University Medical Center Wednesday afternoon, Christie announced the formation of an Ebola response team.

“The likelihood of an outbreak in the United States is extraordinarily low.  We may have a travel related case and that has been the focus of our preparedness,” said State Health Commissioner Mary O’Dowd who is in charge of the Ebola Virus Disease Joint Response Team.

The team includes the head of homeland security, human services and education commissioners and the State Police superintendent.   They will be working with three facilities designated to handle possible Ebola cases: Hackensack University Medical Center, University Hospital in Newark, and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick.

The Governor stressed that there was no reason for hysteria, and that parents should talk to their children and allay their fears.

“The public in New Jersey needs to know we’re prepared and ready to deal with whatever comes, and that we’re constantly reviewing our protocols and our approaches,” he said.