US government urges calm over Ebola case

2014-10-04 10:07
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Washington - The Obama administration is urging calm over the single case of Ebola in the United States as the military begins the long-awaited aid to disease-ravaged Liberia, with medical testing at two new labs and construction of treatment centres.

The administration has long contended that the best way to contain Ebola is to attack it at its source.

The Pentagon's spokesperson says that up to 4 000 troops could be deployed to West Africa, a number that has been slowly climbing as military leaders arrive and assess the need.

But in the US, National Institutes of Health infectious disease chief Dr Anthony Fauci is acknowledging public fear.

He says the US health system is "is well-equipped to stop Ebola in its tracks".

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