West Africa Fliers Face 21-day Watch; Obama ‘Optimistic’

October 23, 2014 8:45 AM

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Health officials rolled out plans to monitor people arriving in the U.S. from West Africa for Ebola for 21 days, and President Barack Obama said he’s now “cautiously more optimistic” the U.S. can contain the virus.

Obama’s comments yesterday referred to the fact that more people who had contact with the first patient diagnosed in the country, Thomas Eric Duncan, show no signs of infection. The president said the “public health infrastructure” being put in place in the U.S. “should give people confidence.”

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