President Barack Obama says the U.S. must remain vigilant in the Ebola fight even though there have been no recent domestic transmissions.
Obama says as long as the disease is spreading in West Africa, it’s likely to come back to the United States. He said, “This is not a problem that’s going to go away any time soon.”
Obama made the remarks at the White House as he met with his national security and public health teams to receive an update on the Ebola response.
The president emphasized that while Ebola has faded from the headlines in the U.S., it is still necessary to ensure that hospitals and medical professionals are prepared for possible cases. He hailed the response of health agencies, the military and health workers for their “remarkable response” in getting ahead of the disease in Liberia.