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Obama to discuss US response to Ebola next week

US President Barack Obama will discuss the US response to the Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa with health officials next week, the White House has said.

Obama will travel to the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta next Tuesday to receive a briefing on the spread of the Ebola virus in West Africa and discuss the US response to the crisis, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Friday.

The president would also thank scientists, doctors and healthcare workers who were helping those affected by the disease, Xinhua reported citing Earnest.

Earlier, the US government said it has committed more than $ 100 million to help combat the Ebola outbreak, which has killed more than 2,400 people in West Africa.

In addition, Obama will also receive an update from CDC officials on the respiratory illness that’s been reported in several states across the US Midwest, Earnest said.

Four Americans have been or are being treated for the Ebola virus disease in the US after evacuation from West Africa.

The Ebola outbreak, by far the largest in the nearly 40-year history of the disease, has infected 4,269 people and killed 2,400 this year in three West African countries — Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone — according to the WHO.

While the outbreak, which started in March, has now reached four countries — Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone — Liberia and Sierra Leone account for more than 60% of the deaths, according to the WHO.

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