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"We can't give in to Ebola hysteria" - Obama

Cuba has offered to help in the fight against the disease.

Source: The White House/YouTube

US PRESIDENT BARACK Obama has said that people need to remain calm in the face of Ebola.

Speaking in his weekly address on the White House website, Obama warned that reacting to the challenge of Ebola was the responsibility of everyone.

“We have to be guided by the science, we have to remember the basic facts.

First: what we’re seeing now is not an outbreak or an epidemic of Ebola. We are a nation of 300 million and have seen three cases.

“Even one infection is too many, but we have to keep this in perspective.”

Obama added that Ebola difficult to catch, pointing out that the only way to catch the disease is to come in contact with bodily fluids of a person with the disease.

He said that the US had treated five citizens successfully.

He said that the US was stepping up screening and response efforts, but warned that “cutting off” west Africa would make things worse.

“If we want to stop Ebola over here, we have to end it over there.

“If we take the steps that are necessary, if we’re guided by the science, the facts, not fear, then I’m confident we can prevent an outbreak here in America.”

Meanwhile, former Cuban President Fidel Castro has said that Cuba is ready to work with the US to fight the disease.

“We will gladly cooperate with American [medical] personnel in this task – not for the sake of peace between the two states, but for the sake of peace of the world.”

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