Obama says Africa's Ebola outbreak is controllable, US helps to support public health systems

The Associated Press
August 6, 2014 03:51 PM

President Barack Obama during his news conference at US African Leaders Summit, Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014 at the State Department in Washington. Obama and dozens of African leaders opened talks Wednesday on two key issues that threaten to disrupt economic progress on the continent: security and government corruption. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says the Ebola virus is controllable with standard public health measures and the U.S. is working with allies to send additional medical workers to West Africa.

The use of an experimental drug to treat American aid workers raises ethical questions about who should get any limited supplies of a drug that's never been tested in people. Obama says, "We've got to let the science guide us."

Obama says the outbreak has spread more rapidly than previous ones in part because affected countries' public health systems have been overwhelmed, but supporting efforts to rapidly identify and isolate patients can work.

Obama spoke Wednesday at a news conference concluding a summit with African leaders.


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