he deadly Ebola virus con­tinues to tear through West Africa at an alarming rate, height­ening fears among Amer­ican doc­tors that the dis­ease could make its way past U.S. borders.

It’s very simple: The more people who are infected, the more likely it is to spread to other coun­tries,” said pro­fessor Elke Mühlberger, an Ebola researcher at Boston Uni­ver­sity School of Med­i­cine. “With a virus that has up to a three-​​week incu­ba­tion period, of course it’s pos­sible. Viruses don’t care about borders.”

North­eastern Uni­ver­sity pro­fessor Alessandro Vespig­nani, who studies how epi­demics spread, said the U.S. “needs to be pre­pared” to treat infected patients as the domestic risk increases.

Every week that goes by and the more cases that are iden­ti­fied, we risk importing it to the U.S.,” he said.

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