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Oct 18, 2014

Obama urges Americans not to give in to Ebola hysteria

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – With three cases of Ebola diagnosed in the United States but dozens of people being monitored in case they contract the disease, President Barack Obama urged Americans on Saturday not to give in to “hysteria” about the spread of the virus.

Obama also made plain he is not currently planning to give in to demands from some lawmakers for a ban on travelers from the worst-hit countries.

Oct 18, 2014

Obama urges Americans not to give in to hysteria over Ebola

WASHINGTON, Oct 18 (Reuters) – With three cases of Ebola
diagnosed in the United States but dozens of people being
monitored in case they contract the illness, President Barack
Obama urged Americans on Saturday not to give in to “hysteria”
about the spread of the virus.

Obama also made plain he is not currently planning to give
in to demands from some lawmakers for a ban on travelers from
the worst-hit countries.

Oct 18, 2014

Obama says Ebola travel ban could make things worse

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Saturday urged Americans to avoid hysteria over Ebola, and played down the idea of travel bans from Ebola-ravaged countries in West Africa, explaining that restrictions could make things worse.

Lawmakers this week urged Obama to bar people from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea from entering the United States. Obama has said he is not philosophically opposed to travel bans, but in his weekly address made it clear that he is not leaning toward them.

Oct 18, 2014

Obama names Ebola ‘czar,’ beefs up Texas response

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama appointed a former White House adviser as U.S. Ebola “czar” on Friday and named senior officials to help step up the government’s response the disease in Texas, where it first appeared on U.S. soil.

Obama, facing criticism from some lawmakers over his administration’s handling of efforts to contain the virus, appointed Ron Klain, a lawyer who had served as chief of staff to Vice Presidents Joe Biden and Al Gore, to oversee the U.S. response.

Oct 16, 2014

In U.S. Congress, Republicans step up demands for Ebola travel ban

WASHINGTON, Oct 16 (Reuters) – Republican lawmakers dragged
the Ebola crisis into the political arena on Thursday, ramping
up their demands that President Barack Obama impose new
restrictions on travel from countries ravaged by the deadly
virus.

Returning to Washington from the campaign trail three weeks
before midterm elections, Republicans made the call for a travel
ban a dominant theme at a congressional hearing on the outbreak.

Oct 16, 2014

White House shifts into crisis mode on Ebola response

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Rising public anxiety about the Ebola virus has forced the White House to shift into crisis mode and cancel two days of planned political events as President Barack Obama strives to show he has control over stopping the spread of the deadly disease.

Just three weeks ahead of critical midterm elections, Obama is facing increased pressure from Republican critics. They say he has been too slow to protect Americans, drawing parallels to what they have described as foot-dragging on dealing with the threat from Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria.

Oct 15, 2014

Obama vows more aggressive response to Ebola fears

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama vowed a more aggressive response to the handling of any new U.S. Ebola cases on Wednesday after the infection of a second Texas healthcare worker prompted him to postpone a political trip in a sign of growing concern.

Obama spoke after convening a special Cabinet meeting at the White House to discuss the U.S. response to the deadly virus. He acknowledged concerns and fears raised by the handling of the original Ebola patient at a Dallas hospital, Liberian national Thomas Duncan, who died of Ebola and infected at least two healthcare workers while there.

Oct 15, 2014

Obama holds Ebola meeting as White House defends handling of outbreak

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama convened a high-level meeting about the Ebola outbreak on Wednesday after abruptly postponing a political trip in what was a sign of growing concern about the deadly virus.

The White House strongly defended the government’s handling of the Ebola problem after it became clear that a second Texas healthcare worker who tested positive for the virus had traveled aboard a commercial airliner.

Oct 8, 2014

U.S. to screen air passengers from West Africa for Ebola

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States said on Wednesday it will begin extra screening of passengers arriving at five of the country’s largest airports from West Africa as it increases efforts to prevent the spread of a deadly Ebola outbreak.

The enhanced screening will start at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport this weekend and be extended next week to Newark Liberty in New Jersey, Washington Dulles, Chicago O’Hare and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta.

Oct 6, 2014

U.S. working on new screenings for Ebola but no travel ban

WASHINGTON/DALLAS, Oct 6 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama
said on Monday that the government would develop expanded
screening of airline passengers for Ebola, both in the West
African countries hit by the disease and the United States.

The first patient diagnosed with the disease on U.S. soil,
Thomas Eric Duncan, remained in critical condition in a Dallas
hospital, as Obama was briefed by agencies involved in fighting
the spread of the deadly virus.

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