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US officials confident in ability to contain Ebola

Friday, October 03, 2014 - 01:57

As officials keep an eye on about 50 people in Texas who may have had contact with an Ebola-infected traveler, U.S. health officials remain confident that they can stem the spread of the worst epidemic of Ebola on record. Nathan Frandino reports.

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Hazmat crews are on the ground in Dallas decontaminating the apartment where an Ebola-infected traveler had been staying. Despite the clean-up, officials say four people close to the traveler, Thomas Eric Duncan, who were quarantined there will be moved to another location. Duncan's case has put the country on high alert. (SOUNDBITE) (English) LISA MONACO, ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT FOR HOMELAND SECURITY AND COUNTERTERRORISM, SAYING: "Today we are using the whole of government in response to control this epidemic at its source." The World Health Organization said Friday at least 3,400 people have died out of nearly 7,500 suspected, probable and confirmed cases. Despite it being the worst epidemic of the virus on record, officials are confident in the ability to contain it. (SOUNDBITE) (English) LISA MONACO, ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT FOR HOMELAND SECURITY AND COUNTERTERRORISM, SAYING: "The U.S. is prepared to deal with this crisis both at home and in the region. Every Ebola outbreak has been stopped. We know how to do this and we will do it again." Stopping Ebola requires identifying infected people, isolating them, caring for them in a way that protects health care workers as well as reaching out to contacts. Health officials in Dallas have narrowed their focus to about 50 people who had direct or indirect contact with Duncan. (SOUNDBITE) (English) DR. ANTHONY FAUCI, DIRECTOR OF THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF HEALTH, SAYING: "This formula has worked well over many years." On Friday, Howard University Hospital in Washington said it admitted and isolated a patient with possible symptoms. The hospital said the patient had recently traveled from Nigeria. The patient remains in stable condition and in isolation.

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US officials confident in ability to contain Ebola

Friday, October 03, 2014 - 01:57