CDC Chief: US Won't 'Seal Borders' Against Ebola
Tom Frieden says we know how to handle deadly virus
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 3, 2014 1:35 PM CDT
In this Tuesday April 20, 2010 file photo, Emirates jets taxi at Dubai International airport. Dubai-based airline Emirates, said Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014, it is halting flights to Guinea over Ebola.   (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File)

(Newser) – The US is treating the American doctor who contracted Ebola, and isn't about to turn tail on the virus. "Ebola’s scary, and it’s understandable that with a deadly disease, people are concerned," says CDC director Tom Frieden, but for those who would have us turn victims away, "the plain truth is, we can stop Ebola. We know how to control it. We’re not going to hermetically seal the borders of the US. We’re reliant and interdependent with the world for travel, for trade, for the economy, for our families and communities." Frieden tells ABC, via Politico, that the CDC is sending 50 staffers to West Africa because, he says, "The single most important thing we can do to protect Americans is to stop this disease at the source in Africa."

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Lou Bernardo
Aug 12, 2014 5:23 PM CDT
The truth is, bringing Ebola to the U.S. is probably another way the administration plans to "change America." Those affected would be the ghetto poor and drugdies who are usualy in poor health.
WhaaaNotFair
Aug 6, 2014 8:32 AM CDT
With a wide open border (regardless of what oblamer says) and all the undocumented ILLEGALS in this country, this is a timebomb just waiting to explode in the US. These people are walking around among us law abiding, government health standard regulated citizens, and they are in our schools, at our work places, and in our doctor's offices (all on taxpayer dime I remind you). Scabies. lice, TB, VD, etc. unchecked and untreated, and now a possibility of something that could potentially become a horrific viral outbreak of epic proportions. Thanks obama. No wonder you were afraid to go to the border to see for yourself. Out of sight, out of mind, I guess.
Stephen Martin
Aug 6, 2014 2:21 AM CDT
""the plain truth is, we can stop Ebola. We know how to control it". We do? I don't understand, I thought there was no cure? Missing something here.