President Barack Obama said the deadly Ebola virus is “spiraling out of control” and called on the world to follow America’s lead, and to act quickly, in the fight to eradicate it.
Speaking from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta on Tuesday afternoon, Obama warned that inaction could cause an exponential rise in victims, destabilizing western African nations and threatening world security.
“It is spiraling out of control. It is getting worse. It’s spreading faster and exponentially,” Obama said. The current thousands of victims could grow from thousands to hundreds of thousands without immediate action, he said.
Though the chances of Ebola spreading to the United States are low, “It’s a potential threat to global security” if the economies of these countries break down, Obama said.
“This is an epidemic that’s not just a threat to regional security. It’s a threat to global security,” he said.
The United States is deploying 3,000 military troops to coordinate civilian efforts. The effort will be based in Liberia after that country asked the United States to help. Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea have been hardest hit.