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

Sun Oct 19, 2014 1:00am 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 (.)

By Roberta Rampton

WASHINGTON, Oct 19 (Reuters) - With three cases of Ebola diagnosed in the United States and more than 100 people being monitored for possible infection, President Barack Obama said on Saturday that Americans "can't give in to hysteria or fear" about the spread of the virus.

While Obama administration and world health officials remained 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. Three weeks of monitoring for fever and other symptoms was expected to end for others in the next two days if they remained asymptomatic.

Those include Louise Troh in Dallas, fiancée of the now deceased Liberian Thomas Eric Duncan, who became the first U.S.-diagnosed Ebola case in late September while visiting her. Troh, her 13-year-old son and two Duncan relatives have been in mandatory quarantine in Dallas that ends on Sunday.

The Texas Department of State Health Services said in a statement that 145 people with "contacts and possible contacts" with the virus were being monitored.   Continued...