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One in five Americans worry about catching the lethal Ebola disease, amid President Barack Obama’s insistence that the government has the problem in hand.

Twenty-two percent of Americans answered yes when asked by Gallup: “did you, personally, worry yesterday about getting the Ebola virus?”

That’s almost the level seen in 2009 at the peak of worries about the much-less lethal SARS virus. Back then, 25 percent of Americans worried about getting the disease.

“I know that the American people are concerned about the possibility of an Ebola outbreak, and Ebola is a very serious disease… [but] the chances of an Ebola outbreak in the United States is extremely low,” Obama told reporters Oct. 6.

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