UPDATE 5-Obama defends U.S. Ebola guidelines, backs American volunteers in Africa

October 29, 2014 1:28 AM

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ATLANTA/WASHINGTON Oct 28 (Reuters) - As the second of two nurses infected while treating an Ebola patient left an Atlanta hospital, President Barack Obama on Tuesday said policies adopted in the United States should not discourage Americans willing to fight West Africa's outbreak.

Obama weighed in for the first time since states including New York and New Jersey imposed automatic 21-day quarantines on doctors and nurses returning from the three countries at the heart of the outbreak - rules that go beyond federal guidelines.

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