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November 11th, 2014
06:53 PM ET

Ebola Czar: New Zealand incident likely a hoax

(CNN) - Dr. Craig Spencer, the American Ebola patient who contracted the nightmare virus while treating patients in Guinea, is Ebola free. But as one threat seemingly begins to fade, another Ebola-related fear mushrooms on the other side of the globe and questions as to whether terrorists are trying to weaponize the deadly virus, not unlike the anthrax scare of 2001.

Two small vials are now en route from New Zealand to Australia, destined for a special lab unit to test whether or not those tiny bottles contain Ebola. The New Zealand Herald and New Zealand's parliament both received suspicious packages containing vials with an unidentified liquid, with a note inside claiming each bottle held samples of Ebola.

Sky News claims the shipment came from a "jihadist group."

While authorities are investigating, the "Ebola Czar" claims the incident was likely a hoax.

"The odds are high that this turns out to be a hoax, but the New Zealand officials are taking no chances," said Ron Klain. "We're always watching to see if terrorist groups will use a chemical or biological agent. We're not aware of any threat that Ebola would be used that way and it seems unlikely, but we're watchful and have an eye on it."

For more of our interview with Klain, watch the video above.

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