Accessibility links

Breaking News

Obama Warns Against 'Hysteria' Over Ebola

U.S. President Barack Obama used his weekly address to the nation to urge Americans not to "give in to hysteria or fear" over the Ebola virus.

Obama said on October 18, "This is serious disease" but he added creating a panic over Ebola "only makes it harder to get people the accurate information they need."

We have to be guided by the science. We have to remember the basic facts," Obama said.

The U.S. president said it would take time to fight the disease and warned "before this is over, we may see more isolated cases here in America."

But he reminded the United States is not seeing an outbreak of Ebola and so far only one man, who came from West Africa, has died of the disease in the United States and two of the nurses who treated him are known to have tested positive for it.

Based on reporting by Reuters, AFP, and AP