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Obama discusses Ebola issue with UN chief, French president

US President Barack Obama has spoken with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and French President Francois Hollande separately about the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, the White House said.

During his conversation with Ban Monday, Obama ‘stressed the need for all UN member states to support the UN appeal, and to provide the personnel, equipment, and supplies required to stop the epidemic at its source’, Xinhua quoted the White House as saying in a statement.

“Both leaders agreed that, given the threat posed by Ebola, at this crucial juncture members of the international community must redouble their resolve and commitment to stay the course and decisively address the Ebola crisis”, it said.

In a separate phone call with Hollande, Obama discussed additional measures that may be taken to stem the spread of Ebola outside the region already affected, including passenger screening upon departure and arrival.

“The two leaders agreed that more must be done, and quickly, to establish treatment facilities in the affected African nations,” the White House said in a separate statement.

Meanwhile, Obama met Monday afternoon with members of his public health and national security team to receive an update on the response to the diagnosis of a second Ebola case in Dallas, Texas.

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