#Ebola Quotable: President Obama describes the threat and outlines the plan for Ebola outbreak in West Africa

Here’s the hard truth. In West Africa, Ebola is now an epidemic of the likes we have never seen before. It’s spiraling out of control. It is getting worse. It is spreading faster and exponentially.

Today, thousand of people in West Africa are infected. That number could rapidly grow to tens of thousands. And if the outbreak is not stopped now, we could be looking at hundreds of thousands of people infected with profound political and economic and security implications for all of us.

So this is an epidemic that is not just a threat to regional security, it’s a potential threat to global security if these countries break down, if their economies break down, if people panic. That has profound effects on all of us even if we are not directly contracting the disease.

@USAID to donate $75 million to fight #Ebola outbreak in Liberia!

The USAID reported on twitter that it will donate $75 million to fight the Ebola outbreak in Liberia. Bloomberg news has more info here.

The American aid agency announced Thursday it would donate $75 million to fund 1,000 more beds in Ebola treatment centers in Liberia and buy 130,000 more protective suits for health care workers.

 

The $75 million comes in addition to about $20 million the agency has already donated to fight the outbreak that was first identified in March in Guinea, and has spread to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria. The killer virus is spread through bodily fluids such as blood, sweat, urine or diarrhea.