CDC Chief Tries to Ease Fears of Ebola in U.S.: ‘We Can Stop It From Spreading’

The head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention moved Sunday to ease fears over the return of two medical missionaries infected with Ebola, agreeing that the deadly virus is scary but insisting that an outbreak is highly unlikely in the U.S.

CDC Director Tom Frieden, making the rounds on the Sunday news shows, said U.S. public health protocols are far more stringent and effective than those in West Africa, where at least 729 people have died in the worst Ebola outbreak in history.

“Ebola is a scary disease because it’s so deadly,” Dr. Frieden said on CBS-TV’s “Face the Nation.” “The plain fact is, we can stop it from spreading in hospitals, and we can stop it from spreading in Africa, which is really the source of the epidemic and where we’re surging our response.”

He added, “I don’t think it’s in the cards that we would have widespread Ebola in this country.”