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

(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."

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.
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)
An ambulance arrives at Emory University Hospital transporting an American doctor who was infected with the Ebola virus, Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014, in Atlanta.
An ambulance arrives at Emory University Hospital transporting an American doctor who was infected with the Ebola virus, Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014, in Atlanta.   (AP Photo/David Goldman)
In this 2014 photo, Dr. Kent Brantly, left, treats an Ebola patient in Monrovia, Liberia. Brantly has since contracted Ebola and returned to the United States for treatment.
In this 2014 photo, Dr. Kent Brantly, left, treats an Ebola patient in Monrovia, Liberia. Brantly has since contracted Ebola and returned to the United States for treatment.   (AP Photo/Samaritan's Purse)
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