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White House says no plans to stop flights from Ebola-stricken nations

The White House said on Monday (August 4) that the United States has no plans to ban incoming flights from the west Africa Nations where the Ebola outbreak has occured. "At this point there are screenings that are in place both before individuals board flights in their home countries or where these flights originate but also after these individuals arrive here in the United States they are screened once again. And there are facilities available that if an individual detected exhibiting these symptoms they can be quarantined and promptly evaluated by a medical professional," said White House spokesman Josh Earnest. The latest outbreak began in the forests of remote eastern Guinea in February and has killed 826 people in West Africa since the outbreak began, mostly in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Ebola is one of the world's deadliest diseases, with a mortality rate of up to 90 percent of cases. The disease starts with headaches and fever, and final-stage symptoms include external and internal bleeding, vomiting and diarrhea. There is no effective treatment and no vaccine to protect against it. "I know that the CDC (Center of Disease Control) announced earlier today the deployment of additional resources to the region to try to stem this outbreak," Earnest added. "This is, as the CDC has assessed, a, probably the most damaging and dangerous outbreak of Ebola that we have seen so far but and that is why it required a significant international response."