California health authorities find ebola does not pose significant threat to state

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) said on Friday that ebola poses no significant threat to Californians.

CDPH Director Ron Chapman said that the state is still closely monitoring the situation and taking steps to keep Californians safe.

"It is important that Californians understand that while we should be aware of the disease and its symptoms, it is extremely unlikely that ebola poses a public health risk to the people in California," Chapman said. "Our advanced health care system has appropriate protocols in place to prevent the spread of this often deadly disease."

The CDPH also said that people cannot contract ebola through the air, food or water. Ebola is transmitted through direct contact with bodily fluids of an infected person, and those who do not show symptoms of the disease are not contagious.

"Any patient suspected of having ebola can be safely managed in a California hospital following recommended isolation and infection control procedures," Chapman said.

The ongoing ebola outbreak has already killed more than 900 people in West Africa. Two American health workers who contracted the disease are currently receiving experimental treatment at Emory University in Atlanta, Ga.

No suspected cases requiring verification have been reported in California.