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Senator Chris Coons Reacts to First Ebola Case in U.S.

Posted: Updated: Sep 30, 2014 11:35 PM
U.S. Sen. Chris Coons (Photo: WBOC file) U.S. Sen. Chris Coons (Photo: WBOC file)
WILMINGTON, Del. - The first case of Ebola diagnosed in the U.S. was confirmed Tuesday in a patient who recently traveled from Liberia to Dallas - a sign of the far-reaching impact of the out-of-control epidemic in West Africa.

U.S. Senator Chris Coons is the chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on African Affairs.  He issued the following statement Tuesday:

"Ebola is a grave and growing threat to populations in West Africa, where weak health infrastructures have been overwhelmed by this devastating virus. We take it for granted here in the United States that we have strong health care systems, access to clean water, and reliable electricity, but in countries where Ebola has spread exponentially - Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea - these basic resources and structures are lacking.
"Americans need to remain calm and listen to the precautionary measures being suggested by the CDC. Ebola cannot be contracted through the air or the water supply, and requires direct contact with the bodily fluids of someone already infected and exhibiting symptoms. It was only a matter of time before an Ebola case would be emerge here in the United States, but as we're seeing in Dallas today, our public health system has the resources, capabilities, and knowledge to address and contain this virus quickly and safely.
"The U.S. is doing the right thing by stepping up to the growing challenge of combatting the spread of Ebola in West Africa, and developing a vaccine and treatment. Without America's aggressive and proactive engagement, there is a real threat that this virus might become a global pandemic."

Earlier this month the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on African Affairs called for expanded U.S. Resources for fighting the spread of Ebola in West Africa.  Senator Coons praised President Obama's announcement of more than $750 million in resources and the planned deployment of 3,000 U.S. military personnel to help medical professionals contain the outbreak. 

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