WRAPUP 6-Americans 'can't give in to hysteria or fear' over Ebola -Obama

Sat Oct 18, 2014 9:54pm EDT
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* More than 100 being monitored in case they are infected

* Obama says sealing off West Africa would make situation worse

* GlaxoSmithKline says work on developing vaccine moving rapidly

* Canada to ship vials of experimental vaccine to WHO (Adds more people to come off Ebola watch list in Texas on Sunday and Monday)

By Roberta Rampton

WASHINGTON, Oct 18 (Reuters) - With three cases of Ebola diagnosed in the United States and more than 100 people being monitored in case they are infected, President Barack Obama said Saturday that Americans "can't give in to hysteria or fear" about the spread of the virus.

As though to illustrate his point, a Dallas bus and train station was closed on Saturday afternoon over concern about a woman who fell ill. The woman was first reported to be on the checklist for possible Ebola exposure but turned out not to be.

While Obama administration and world health officials were still focused on tackling Ebola at its source in three West African countries, Texas state authorities said 14 people had been cleared from an Ebola watch list. On Sunday and Monday, more were expected to end 21 days of monitoring for fever and other symptoms if they are asymptomatic.

They could include Louise Troh in Dallas, fiancee of the now deceased Liberian man who was the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States in late September while visiting her. Troh, her 13-year-old son, and two relatives of Duncan have been in mandatory quarantine at an undisclosed location in Dallas.   Continued...