US: Obama weekly address to Americans focuses on Ebola

New York, US (PANA) - President Barack Obama's weekly radio address to Americans, aired
on Saturday across  the US, focused on the American government's efforts to fight against Ebola both within the US and in West Africa.

A PANA Correspondent in New York, who monitored the radio address, reports that Obama
discussed the measures being taken by the US government to strengthen its response to
Ebola cases in the US, while also containing the epidemic at its source in West Africa.

The US leader said: "This week we continued to focus on domestic preparedness, with the
creation of new US Centres for the Diseases and Infectious Control (CDC) guidelines and
the announcement of new travel measures ensuring that all travelers from the three affected
countries (Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone) are directed to and screened at one of the five
designated airports."

Obama also emphasized that it is important to follow the facts, rather than fear, as New Yorkers did on Friday when they stuck to their daily routine, after the first Ebola case was confirmed on Thursday night in New York City.

He, however, noted that, "Ebola is not an easily transmitted disease, and America is leading the world in the fight to stamp it out in West Africa."

Last Thursday, US medical doctor, Craig Spencer, who recently returned from Guinea, tested positive for the Ebola virus in New York, becoming the city’s first diagnosed case.

Dr. Spencer, who is currently under medical procedures at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan,
New York City, had been treating Ebola patients in Guinea with the humanitarian medical
organisation "Doctors Without Borders", and only returned to New York 12 days ago.

He becomes the fourth person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the US.

The first was Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian man who traveled from Monvoria, Liberia, to Dallas, Texas, through Brussels. Duncan died on 8 Oct. at a hospital in Texas.

The two nurses who treated him, Ms. Nina Pham and Ms. Amber Vinson, were subsequently
diagnosed with the virus and have been discharged after undergoing treatment in two
different medical centres in the US.

Also, so far five other American patients have been treated for the Ebola virus after being
evacuated from West Africa, and all five have survived and have been discharged.

The deadliest Ebola outbreak in history has killed nearly 5,000 people, mostly in three affected West African countries - Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
-0- PANA AA/VAO 25Oct2014

25 october 2014 17:27:43

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