CDC Director In Kentucky Talking Local and Global Health

Reported by: Mark Stitz
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Updated: 8/06 7:05 pm
The director of the CDC, Tom Frieden, was in Morehead Wednesday, helping to discuss ways to improve the health of Kentuckians.

Frieden also spoke to ABC 36 News about the continuing outbreak of Ebola and the role Kentucky played in the serum used on two Americans fighting the deadly virus.

He acknowledged the fear some Americans are feeling about Ebola, but said that it's healthy to be afraid of deadly things.

Genetically modified tobacco, grown in Kentucky, was used in the experimental serum given to the two Americans fighting Ebola in an Atlanta hospital.

Frieden said, "Wouldn't that be wonderful if tobacco became something that would support health instead of something that is still the leading preventable cause of death in our country?"

The chief of the CDC said there are too few doses of the serum to study it, and nothing scientifically can be proven based on the results of only two patients.

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