The US Department of Health and Human Services has released a list of the states that have the highest incidence of new cases and deaths from the Ebola virus.
The list includes five states where there has been an increase in new cases in recent weeks, and the five that are currently experiencing the highest new cases are Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Georgia and New Mexico.
The first states to be added to the list were the three states that had the highest increase in cases over the past week, but the Texas Tribune reports that the second-most-affected state is actually Georgia, which has seen a 5 percent increase in the number of new confirmed cases and a 14 percent increase of deaths.
“This new analysis shows that we’re going to need to continue our efforts to ensure that our states remain stable as we continue to contain and contain the spread of Ebola in the United States,” Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said on Friday.
“As we continue our work, we’re not taking any precautionary steps to ensure our states are stable, but we want to be mindful of the fact that this is a critical moment in the battle to contain the Ebola pandemic.”
The Texas Tribune’s Emily White reports that, for now, the number one priority for the CDC is to contain cases, which is expected to continue to rise in the coming days.
In the coming weeks, the CDC has said that they expect to see an increase of more than 1,000 new cases, and at least another 1,300 deaths.
The Texas Legislature has passed legislation requiring the state to conduct random testing of all incoming passengers entering and leaving the state, and to allow the state’s Department of Public Health to use the results of those tests to inform public health decisions.
The state is also planning to implement a new system that will allow travelers arriving from outside the US to be checked for Ebola, which could increase the chances of getting sick.