President Obama on Ebola: 'Stopping This Disease Won't Be Easy'
President Obama issued a video message to Africans struggling in their fight to stop the outbreak of the Ebola virus, particularly residents of Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Nigeria.
In a video released by the State Department, Obama took time to explain the facts of the Ebola outbreak, reminding viewers that it was impossible to contract the disease through the air, but was passed through bodily fluids of an infected person.
“Stopping this disease won’t be easy, but we know how to do it,” he said assuredly, “You are not alone.”
Obama also warned Africans not to touch the dead bodies of people infected with Ebola, referring to the widely practiced tradition of touching and kissing the body before burial.
“We can save lives and our countries can work together to improve public health so this kind of outbreak doesn’t happen again,” Obama said.