How to keep a cool head amid the Ebola outbreak
By JOSH HORTON The Washington PostBy JOSH HARVEY The Associated PressJanuary 17, 201410:23 amPresident Obama and other administration officials have said the deadly virus could be contained with strict measures, including a ban on travel from West Africa.
But with more people dying of the virus than ever, the White House and other officials have taken a more cautious approach, calling on states to take steps to curb the spread.
At least 12 U.S. citizens and seven others have been infected in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, according to the World Health Organization.
At the State Department, spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters that the administration was “doing everything we can” to contain the spread of the deadly coronavirus.
She said the administration is taking the virus seriously, but the countrys “ongoing outbreak and its impact on our citizens is a national priority.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday reported at least 7,400 new infections, including 1,800 deaths.
The U.N. said Friday it has found more than 2,700 new cases and nearly 400 deaths in Guinea and Liberia, which have been battling a deadly epidemic since the end of March.
In Guinea, the U.K. said that the first case of Ebola-related death was recorded on Thursday in the remote village of Foshan.
The latest cases in Liberia are also reported in Foshantou, according the U