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NIH Official: Threat of Ebola Outbreak Due to Porous Border 'Far-Fetched'

NIH Official: Threat of Ebola Outbreak Due to Porous Border 'Far-Fetched'

On Sunday, a top National Institute of Health official dismissed concerns that the United States’ porous border makes the country more susceptible to an Ebola outbreak from illegal immigrants.

On Fox News Sunday, host Chris Wallace asked Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the Allergy and Infectious Diseases Institutes at the National Institutes of Health, “What are the chances that illegal immigrants are going to come over our porous southern border with Ebola or the terrorists will purposely send someone here using Ebola as a bio-terror weapon?”

Fauci swiftly dismissed those concerns, responding, “I wouldn’t be worrying about illegal immigrants coming from southern borders, when we have an issue right now with Ebola in West Africa. I mean, that’s a hypothetical. That’s very far-fetched.”

It may not be as far-fetched as Fauci is claiming, however. As Breitbart Texas has reported, leaked documents revealed that 71 illegal immigrants from countries impacted by Ebola have been detained at the U.S.-Mexico border this year.

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