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Obama Orders More Aggressive Monitoring of Ebola Health Care Workers

Speaking after his cabinet meeting on the Ebola response, President Barack Obama told the press Wednesday that the government must monitor the virus “in a much more aggressive way.”

After the two-hour discussion with his top officials, the president said he has directed the Centers for Disease Control to have rapid response teams available to assist local hospitals within 24 hours of any Ebola case.

Addressing the concerns over how a second health care worker has contracted the virus, Obama reiterated that Ebola is not airborne and only transmitted through direct contact with bodily fluids. He then ordered a review of all contacts with the initial Ebola patient to track how the infection has spread, and determine possible new cases.

The president also mentioned that he shook hands with, hugged, and kissed health care workers who saved an Ebola patient at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Ga., and did not contract the disease.

“If we do these protocols properly,” he added, “then the likelihood of widespread Ebola outbreaks in this country are very, very low.”

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