In his weekly address to the nation Saturday, Obama downplayed a travel ban for nationals of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, the epicenter of the current Ebola outbreak , saying such restrictions would only exacerbate the problem. “All of us – citizens, leaders, the media – have a responsibility and a role to play,” Obama said. “This is a serious disease, but we can’t give in to hysteria or fear – because that only makes it harder to get people the accurate information they need. We have to be guided by the science.” The US – where a Liberian died from Ebola October 8 and two nurses who treated him tested positive – was not seeing an “outbreak” or “epidemic,” Obama said. In the country of nearly 320 million people, doctors have so far diagnosed just the three cases of Ebola, a virus not easily contracted, despite rampant fears across the US . “If we take the steps that are necessary, if we’re guided by the science – the facts, not fear – then I am absolutely confident that we can prevent a serious outbreak here in the United States,” Obama said. Earlier this week, lawmakers had urged Obama to… Read full this story
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