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Health officials: US well-equipped to stop Ebola

2 years 3 months 2 weeks ago October 04, 2014 Oct 4, 2014 Saturday, October 04 2014 October 04, 2014 10:23 AM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: LOLITA C. BALDOR

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is seeking to allay fear about the single confirmed case of Ebola in the United States, saying that despite some initial missteps the health care system is doing what needs to be done to prevent an outbreak.

The chief of infectious diseases at the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Anthony Fauci, says the health care infrastructure in the U.S. is well-equipped to stop Ebola.

Fauci and other senior Obama administration officials spoke with reporters on Friday during an unusual high-level briefing at the White House that reflected the administration's urgency in seeking to reassure the public.

Officials are focusing on identifying high-risk individuals before they leave the outbreak zone in West Africa for the U.S. Scores of people have been stopped from getting on flights.

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